Golden Globes, Shmolden Shmobes. The important awards this weekend were at, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' youth-oriented website. The second annual Libby Awards, voted on by the site's visitors, named the best things in a variety of categories, including one for Best Animal-Friendly Movie. The winner? Year of the Dog.

Written and directed by Mike White, the film (which premiered at Sundance last year) starred Molly Shannon as a rather lonely woman who becomes an ardent animal-rights supporter after her beloved beagle dies. What's notable about the film is that while it would be customary for the animal-rights nut to become the butt of the jokes, White treats Shannon's character with sensitivity. The point is that if the animal stuff brings her happiness in life, then hey, more power to her.

By the way, most of the other Libbys aren't media-related, but are for things like Best Vegan Ice Cream, Best Veggie Burger, and Best Fake Meat. (Didn't Mark Wahlberg win that for Boogie Nights? Thank you, I'll be here all week!)

I liked Year of the Dog well enough, and obviously it has a very PETA-friendly message. But now I'm trying to think of what other movies could possibly have won this award. Not American Gangster or No Country for Old Men, since dogs get shot in them, both times by Josh Brolin. (Why does Josh Brolin hate dogs?) Not I Am Legend, either, for reasons that would constitute spoilers. Does Alvin and the Chipmunks celebrate animals, or does it demean them? What else would have been a worthy winner? Firehouse Dog? I'm grasping at straws here.
categories Awards, Cinematical