Slumdog Millionaire, which isn’t really about a dog at all, received eight Academy Awards this year for all the wonderful work done by people, but several other Hollywood films were recognized for their animal workers.
The American Humane Association - the group behind the famed “no animals were harmed in the making of this movie” line during the credits – has had a little awards ceremony of its own. Folk in the AHA’s Film and TV Unit gave out awards of their own:
- Best Movie Magic Featuring an Animal: The Dark Knight. Filmmakers used movie magic – like prop dogs and fancy angles – to illustrate a dramatic dog fight.
- Best Behind-the-Scenes Rescue Story: Beverly Hills Chihuahua. A trainer discovered one of the dogs who played Papi a day before the pup was set to be euthanized at a California animal shelter.
- Best Group Effort to Protect Horses: Appaloosa. One of the scenes includes horses crossing a stream. AHA employees pointed out this could be dangerous because the horses wouldn’t be able to see sharp rocks and debris, the crew jumped in and cleared the stream of any possible dangerous material.
- Best Rescue by a Snake: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A “vine” turns out to be a snake at one point in the movie, and filmmakers used a real python for “establishing shots” and then used a prop for the rest of the show.
- Most Poignant Movie Illustrating the Human-Animal Bond: Marley & Me. See the movie. That’s all there is to it.
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll