The prestigious Fido Awards 2024, honouring exceptional canine performances on screen, announced its winners in a star-studded event held at BFI HQ in Stephen Street.

Among the notable recipients was Messi, the border collie, who clinched the coveted titles of Best In World and Mutt Moment. The ceremony, attended by esteemed guests and their furry companions, showcased the remarkable talent of dogs in the entertainment industry.

Messi, celebrated for his remarkable performance in “Anatomy of a Fall”, secured both the Best In World and Mutt Moment awards, adding to his accolades that include the Palm Dog awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. Trainer Lauren Martin expressed Messi’s delight at the recognition, highlighting the significance of the awards in Hollywood’s prestigious circle.

FiDogManitarian Award for Bruce Oldfield

Renowned designer Bruce Oldfield received the esteemed FiDogManitarian Award for his contribution to celebrating the bond between humans and canines. Oldfield’s Jack Russell motif, featured on Queen Camilla’s coronation gown, epitomised the special relationship between pets and their owners.

The event, hosted by Palm Dog and Fido Awards founder Toby Rose, featured notable personalities such as Jean-Christophe Bouvet and screen actress Monica Dolan, accompanied by her husky, Velma. The evening celebrated outstanding performances by four-legged actors, recognising their significant contributions to the entertainment industry.

Category Winners

  • Mutt Moment: Anatomy of a Fall (dir. Justine Triet) – Messi, the border collie
  • Blockbuster Bowser: The Little Mermaid (dir. Rob Marshall) – Max, the Old English Sheepdog
  • Comedy Canine: Poor Things (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos) – black standard poodle in Paris
  • Rom Com Rover: Barbie (dir Greta Gerwig) – sugar white West Highland terrier
  • Historical Hound: Napoleon (dir Ridley Scott) – Josephine’s Pomeranian
  • Best In Year: Anatomy of a Fall (dir. Justine Triet) – Messi, the border collie

The jury panel, comprising esteemed film critics and industry professionals, meticulously selected the winners from a pool of outstanding contenders. The ceremony, made possible by the British Film Institute and other partners, celebrated the extraordinary talent and contributions of canine actors to the world of cinema.