CANNES, France — Whether or not Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d’Or this year, at least he’s not coming home without a trophy.

Quentin Tarantino

Director Quentin Tarantino poses Friday with the Palm Dog collar award for Brandy, the dog that appeared in his film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at the 72nd international Cannes Film Festival. Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press

The director of the Cannes Film Festival entry “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” scooped up the top prize at the Palm Dog Awards. The awards are handed out annually to the canine stars – and human directors – of the festival’s most dog-centric flicks.

Tarantino surprised audience members Friday when he turned up to receive the trophy – a red dog collar – in person. He cheered pit bull Brandy, which is owned by Brad Pitt’s character in the film.

“I want to dedicate this to my wonderful actress Brandy. She has brought the Palm Dog home to America,” Tarantino said.


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