The Cannes Festival isn't like the Oscars, where the list of prize categories rarely varies. Almost anyone can give a prize to a film in Cannes. Among the non-official prizes are the Ecumenical prize, which has been given out for decades by a Christian jury -- this year's winner was "Of Gods and Men."
And while Berlin has awarded the Teddy Bear since 1987, this was Cannes' first year for the Queer Palm, which went to Gregg Araki's "Kaboom."
But who knew this was the tenth year for the Palm Dog award to the best dog on film at the festival? This year's mutt? Boss the boxer, who causes a stampede of cows in Stephen Frears' "Tamara Drewe" was awarded the Palm Dog prize, given by British film critics.
"Boss was a complete superstar and was crucial at innumerable plot moments and was the doggy denouement of the film," the awards' originator told AFP. The producer of the film was on hand to accept the prize, a diamante collar.
A special prize also went to Vuk, the goatherd's dog in "Le Quattro Volte."This year brought plenty of canine competition -- "Robin Hood" featured an Irish wolfhound -- compared to last year, when the cartoon dog in "Up" took the prize.