Monday, February 6, 2012

Acting awards for dogs heats up

Yes, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese's campaign worked! I'm not talking about the 11 Oscar nods his film Hugo received but the late inclusion of his canine star Blackie the Doberman in the list of nominees for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film in the inaugural Golden Collar Awards. Yes, there's an acting awards derby now for dogs, and rightfully so.

Blackie, essaying the role of Maximilian in Scorsese's Hugo.

It was in an LA Times op-ed that Scorsese lamented the snub and rallied for the canine's recognition. He pointed at all the fuss over Uggie, that Jack Russell terrier who stole the show at the recent Golden Globes, and who received two nominations, one for the Oscar contender The Artist and another for Water for Elephants starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

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Uggie in The Artist.

Of Uggie's performance, the director referred to him as a nice little mascot who does tricks and saves his master's life while in stark contrast, Blackie gives an uncompromising performance as a ferocious guard dog who terrorizes children. Clearly, we would all fall for adorable and cutesy, which was Scorsese's point. It's like our two cats here below. Which one would you instantly go for?

Our cats Foreman (left) and Kwittie Boy (right).

After an unprecedented outpouring of support for the doberman on Facebook, Alan Siskind, CEO of Dog News Daily, organizer of the Golden Collar Awards, announced Blackie as as the sixth and final nominee in that category. But will she win is another story.

By the way, a doberman bit me in the face when I was a kid. Just saying.


  1. Can I vote for Snowy in Tin Tin? An all time favourite of mine growing up and now to see him on the big screen! Slithering Snakes Snowy!

    1. Hmn...I don't know about that since Snowy is an animation.


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