Performances in The Queen win the pups who played the monarch's pets top prize

By Caris Davis
Updated October 29, 2007 01:00 PM
Credit: Miramax

Movie awards are going to the dogs – Helen Mirren’s costar Corgis, that is.

Poppy, Anna, Alice, Oliver and Megan played alongside the actress as she gave her Oscar-winning performance as The Queen, and have been named top dogs at the Fido Film Awards.

“I know one should avoid acting with animals and children,” Mirren said. “But these little chaps were a pleasure to work with and deserve all the plaudits for their fine performances.”

The five Corgis, who were the monarch’s pets in the movie, were rewarded Sunday with a gong at London’s inaugural Fido Film Awards, which are part of the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival.

“The inaugural Fidos are a first in more ways than one: dogs have truly come in from the cold,” said Toby Rose, the event’s organizer. “Dogs take up considerable minutes of film time, but they never get a nod. Nodding to dogs is the way to go.”

The canine quintet’s success at the Fidos takes the tally of awards won by the movie to 59. In real life, Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Corgis during her 55-year reign.