The Fido Awards: Honoring Movie Dogs

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The 2009 Fido Awards

The 2009 Fido Awards

Here in L.A., movie producers have the good sense to put talented dogs to work in the movies. We’re not just talking Marley & Me or Hotel for Dogs. Can you imagine As Good As It Gets without the pooch? The right droop of a tail or cock of a head is box office gold. But speaking of gold, where are the statuettes for the unsung canine movie stars?

Turns out they’re in England, home to the Third Annual Fido Awards.

Like their human equivalent, The Fido Awards are divided into categories. In addition to the five categories listed below, this year they are also offering an award for “Dogs Trust Star of Tomorrow” — yes, their very own “People’s Choice Award” for dogs.

Dogs Trust is a household name in the UK, but not as well known here in the U.S. Dogs Trust is a non-profit organization that dates back to the late 19th century and serves over 16,000 dogs a year through a range of programs including microchipping, spaying and neutering, adoption drives, and responsible owner education.

Nominees for the “Star of Tomorrow” Award are submitted via Wag! Magazine, a publication of Dogs Trust that comes out three times a year for the organization’s supporters. If you’d like to make a donation to Dogs Trust and start receiving Wag!, you can donate online. Note: £20 is roughly the equivalent of $33.


The winners, selected by a panel of British film critics, were announced on November 22, 2009.

Without further ado, here is the list of nominees…

Historic Hound

For period drama excellence

  1. The Young Victoria
  2. Dean Spanley
  3. W.
  4. Taking Woodstock


For romantic-comedy companionship

  1. The Proposal
  2. Marley & Me
  3. My Best Friend’s Girlfriend
  4. I Love You, Man

Comedy Canine

For outstanding comedic canine contribution

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  2. Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  3. Hotel for Dogs
  4. Bolt

Blockbuster Bowser

For performance of the year in an “event movie”

  1. Gran Torino
  2. Inglourious Basterds
  3. Coraline
  4. Up

Mutt Moment

For a stand-out moment of cinematic canine gold

  1. Wendy and Lucy
  2. Fish Tank
  3. Let the Right One In
  4. Sleep Furiously

You can cast your own unofficial votes for your favorites (or your favorite write-in candidate) using our comment form below!

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  1. Trish

    I was pleasantly surprised with my level of enjoyment for Hotel For Dogs. I didn’t watch it for a long time thinking that it would be too childish, but then finally did, and was blown away. The animals were adorable, and extremely well trained. Definitely one of the better animal movies I’ve seen!

  2. Cyndi

    I think my pupperdog dreeevss a little bling. My boyfriend and I rescued her from a family member of his that was abusing her. He’d even hit her in the head with a cinderblock and wanted to euthanize her because she wasn’t useful to him! And now, because of his selfishness, she’s still suffering in order to get painful heartworm treatments so that I can have my precious baby girl healthy and with me for a very long time.At three years old I got her her very first real collar and ID tag I think she dreeevss a little shiny to add to it just to show her how much Mommy adores her! Reply