October 14, 2007 / 3:21 PM / 12 years ago

Queen's "screen corgis" up for a Fido

Actress Helen Mirren poses next to a likeness of herself as she arrives for a premiere of "The Queen" in New York September 29, 2006. Mirren was garlanded with awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in "The Queen." Now it's time for the corgi dogs to share the limelight. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LONDON (Reuters) - Actress Helen Mirren was garlanded with awards for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in “The Queen.”

Now it’s time for the corgi dogs to share the limelight.

Anna, Poppy, Megan, Alice and Oliver are up for a Fido in the Historical Hound category for their role in the movie at the London Film Festival later this month.

The Fidos are the brainchild of journalist Toby Rose, who annually awards the Palme Dog at the Cannes Film festival to the finest canine performance on screen.

“I loved those corgis because they were funny,” Sunday’s Observer quoted Helen Mirren as saying.

“I can understand why the Queen has them. Forget winning an Oscar, I’d be more proud of an award for dog handling.”

But the corgis, owned by retired caterer Liz Smith, could face tough competition at the Fidos from a collie mix who appears in “Control,” Anton Corbijn’s film about the life and early death of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis.

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