Palm Dog Awards 2023: Meet Messi, the Canine Actor Who Won at the Cannes Film Festival

For those that don’t keep up with the world of doggy actors, you might be surprised to know that since 2001, the Cannes Film Festival has given out unofficial awards for the best canine performances.

Messi Australian Shepherd dog actor and Palm Dog Award winner 2023
Credit: @lauramartin_contini (Messi’s Trainer)

This year the Cannes Palm Dog was awarded to Messi (no relation to Lionel Messi), an Australian Shepherd who played Sandra Huller’s dog “Snoop” in the French thriller Anatomy of A Fall. (The movie also won the Palme d’Or, which is the top prize at Cannes, if human actors and filmmakers are your thing, you might want to check it out).

Yes, you might have noticed the dog above is clearly different to Messi. This dog is named Stan, and since Messi couldn’t accept his prize in person, they used a stand-in for the photo op. But @thepalmdog Instagram account posted Messi’s thank you video.

Here’s Messi showing how to “play dead” but at an Oscar-worthy level.

A doggy named Alma, who costarred alongside human actor Alma Poysti, won the Palm Dog’s Grand Jury Prize for her role in Fallen Leaves.

Palm Dog's Grand Jury Prize winner 2023 Alma
Credit: Fallen Leaves

A special award was given to 11-year-old Evie, who is retiring this year as the Cannes Film Festival’s official sniffer dog. You can see her at the end of the short clip below.

Another notable Palm Dog winner was Brandy, who was Brad Pitt’s pitbull in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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