7:38 pm - 01/16/2012

Uggie the Dog Steals Show at Golden Globes


Steven Spielberg and other industry luminaries are calling for awards for animal movie performers.
As the two-legged acting fraternity celebrated at the Golden Globes last night, a campaign to honour stars of the four-legged variety was gathering pace

Centre stage was Uggie, the scene-stealing Jack Russell in The Artist. For while his film garnered six nominations at the Globes, Uggie has yet to receive any official recognition. Hollywood names, including Steven Spielberg – in London for the premiere of his film War Horse last week – and the actor James Cromwell have backed calls to honour animals at the Oscars.

10 year old Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier.

Uggie and adorable Frenchman/Best Actor winner Jean DuJardin.

One of the 10 horses to feature in War Horse was on the red carpet at the Leicester Square premiere and has also starred in a Vanity Fair photoshoot. Asked if animals should be recognised at the Oscars, Spielberg replied: “Yes."

The British Academy of Film and Television wrote to members following enquiries to explain that “regretfully” Uggie could not be considered for Best Supporting Actor “as he is not a human being and his unique motivation as an actor was sausages”.

Uggie giving some love to his trainer, who saved him from the dog pound by adopting him after his first two owners had abandoned him for being "too wild".

Gill Raddings, who has trained animals for films such as Sherlock Holmes II and Inception, said: “I'd love to see them honoured – but what the animals are doing is not acting.” A “Consider Uggie” campaign has been started by the website Movieline. It said the terrier had an emotional range that matched his co-stars' and “handily outperforms” Leonardo DiCaprio – nominated for Best Actor for J Edgar. This is not the first controversy over a dog's role at the Oscars. Legend has it that Rin Tin Tin received the most votes for Best Actor at the first Oscars in 1929 but organisers instead gave it to German Emil Jannings.

Among other talents, Uggie knows how to skateboard. Youtube it for reals.

Uggie, being the best.

Susan Orlean, who has written a biography of the dog, insisted: “Rinty received the most votes ... in terms of popularity Rin Tin Tin didn't have a peer.” The German shepherd starred in 27 movies and at his peak earned £30,000 a week, in today's money. Other animals to have won plaudits for recent films have included another Jack Russell, Cosmo, in Beginners, alongside Ewan McGregor, and Crystal, the chain-smoking monkey in The Hangover Part II.

However, Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist, has refrained from jumping on the bandwagon for fear the success could go to Uggie's head. “You know how actors are,” he joked.


What do you think about acting awards for animals, ONTD?

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djtino224 17th-Jan-2012 04:47 am (UTC)
holdmedownxx 17th-Jan-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
only part i cared about tbh
bresson 17th-Jan-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
animal performances are all about editing

except when it comes to The Turin Horse or Au Hasard Balthazar
vehiclesshockme 17th-Jan-2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Very true. Multiple animals and all of that as well.
mothflavour 17th-Jan-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Have to mention, since I while was looking for a good article for this post I read a lot about Uggie, that pretty much all his coworkers said he was phenomenal, and although he had two "stunt doubles" they barely used them b/c Uggie was so good.

Still don't support animal Oscars, but Uggie sounds like the best.
carboni 17th-Jan-2012 05:45 am (UTC)
How do you know about the Turin Horse?
boss_sister 17th-Jan-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
All performances are about good editing though.
joaniemaloney 17th-Jan-2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
apparently they pretty much used Uggie for this film though. & that trick he did on stage was pretty cool.
saikaro_x 17th-Jan-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
_xxtom 17th-Jan-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Weinstein knows how to get those Oscars
real talk.
mothflavour 17th-Jan-2012 04:55 am (UTC)
i like that even Weinstein awwwed at him when he went onstage.
_xxtom 17th-Jan-2012 04:57 am (UTC)
awwing at all the oscars the Dog will bring him tbh
degele 17th-Jan-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Seriously. He scares me. That's a man you don't want to get on the bad side of.
vanishingbee 17th-Jan-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
I legit didn't even consider the fact that dog was a trained animal, like I just forgot to even think about the animal training, he was just a perfect sidekick. o-o

I wouldn't mind if he got a little gag award or something. The Lassie.
mari_lyn00 17th-Jan-2012 09:16 am (UTC)
The Lassie, that sounds perfect.
leatherandjeans 17th-Jan-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
The Lassie would be cute, love it
joaniemaloney 17th-Jan-2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
ikr?! He was such a part of the movie.
grammaire 17th-Jan-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
It's funny to me that he's wearing both his collar and a bow tie.

Anyways, he's a champ. More dogs at award shows, imo.
nunya_b 17th-Jan-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
"his unique motivation as an actor was sausages"

so many variations on a joke, so many c-list actresses with whom to fill in the blank
treatyoself 17th-Jan-2012 06:08 am (UTC)
airyclouds 17th-Jan-2012 06:19 am (UTC)
LOL, sounds accurate.
woodlandbop 17th-Jan-2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
fierce angela lansbury hellllll yeah!
and lol
backincharge 17th-Jan-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Our favs could NEVER!!!!!~
welurklate 17th-Jan-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
I am so tired of hearing about this fucking dog.
crucified 17th-Jan-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
I'm sick of hearing about the dog AND the movie.
vanishingbee 17th-Jan-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
did you hate it or something??
invisiblesins 17th-Jan-2012 04:54 am (UTC)
numbedtoe 17th-Jan-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
I must see this now.
crucified 17th-Jan-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
All I can think of when I see that dog is Eddie from Frasier.
dothecrunge 17th-Jan-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
The War Horse horses are gonna be pissed
invisiblesins 17th-Jan-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
i think animals work harder than their co-stars and they're much better actors than lolololol 80% of hollywood
piratesswoop 19th-Jan-2012 06:20 am (UTC)
qt icon
invisiblesins 19th-Jan-2012 06:27 am (UTC)
sweetyb 17th-Jan-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
I'm gonna hazard a guess and say that the animal actors really don't give a fuck
vanishingbee 17th-Jan-2012 04:52 am (UTC)
they would if the award were made out of food

or a golden dogbowl full of treats or something
flawed_x_design 17th-Jan-2012 05:10 am (UTC)
This. why the fuck would a dog want a lump of 'gold' metal??
with_club_sauce 17th-Jan-2012 08:11 am (UTC)
flawless gossip icon bb!
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