Duke in Isle of Dogs. Copyright Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Critically acclaimed stop motion feature, Isle of Dogs, has been recognised for its celebration of the human bond with canines.

The Fido Awards (For Incredible Dogs On Screen) are giving for stand out dog performances on the big screen. To mark the Year of the Dog this year, the Fidos team have introduced a new award modelled on sister ceremony Palm Dog’s DogManitarian Award – the FI-Dogmanitarian Award for outstanding contribution to the fellowship between mankind and dogs.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Isle of Dogs team was Andy Gent, the London-based puppeteer who created the characters, and his dog Charlie.

The award was presented at the Isle of Dogs exhibition at The Store X, 180 The Strand, London. The exhibition includes breathtaking sets from Wes Anderson’s stop motion picture and has drawn crowds of over 30k Londoners and tourists. Visitors can go behind the scenes and see original sets and poppets, set to the original score by Alexandra Desplat.

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Wes, which includes the voice talent of Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Liev Schreiber and Tilda Swinton, is currently being shown in cinemas across the country.

2018 Fido Awards

There have been plenty of strong contenders for the 2018 Fido Awards.


Historical Hound

 Their Finest – The white English bull terrier under the table as Bill Nighy lays out the plans for his next career move steals scenes from a scene stealer.

Other nominees

-The Death of Stalin

– Viceroy’s House

Comedy Canine

WINNER: Coco – Winner is Mexican dog Xola in Coco the story of Miguel a young boy who loves music but, for tombs etc. Dante is a typical Mexican Xola dog in animation style.

Other nominees

– Whisky Galore

– Going in Style

BlockBuster Bowser 

WINNER: Bladerunner 2049 The performance of Bo, the canine pal of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), in the Ridley Scott movie showed the importance of the canine-human relationship even in a replicant’s world.

Other nominees

– Spiderman – the homecoming

– Valerian

RomCom Rover

WINNER: Red Dog True Blue No greater tribute to the legend of Red Dog than that this film (which triumphed at the OzBox office) merited a prequel.

Other nominees

– Wilson

– A Dog’s Purpose

Mutt Moment 

WINNER: The Square for the enigmatic and highly stylish grey whippet which appears at key moments throughout this Palme d’Or winning film.

– Certain Woman

– The Other Side of Hope


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