For Uggie the Terrier, a Golden Collar but no Oscar

Twenty-four dogs shine in the limelight, nominated for the first Golden Collar Awards. Uggie appears twice, as Queenie in “Water for Elephants” and as The Dog in “The Artist.” It is not the first time Uggie, a Jack Russel Terrier, wins an award, he won his trophy Palm Dog collar at Cannes Film Festival in May 2011.

Jean Dujardin and Uggie in The Artist"

Uggie however is not eligible for an Oscar.

    “That’s because more than 80 years ago, the Academy drafted rules that specifically exclude animals being nominated for Oscars, all because of the success of another superstar dog of the silent era, Rin Tin Tin.
    Susan Orlean, author of “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend”, says that Rin Tin Tin was so popular with movie audiences in the silent era that he almost won the very first best actor Oscar in 1929.”

The canine actors will get their own awards. “Dog News Daily has announced the nominations for its first ever Golden Collar Awards, given for the best performances by pooches of the small and silver screen,” reports in the Celebritology blog (can’t quote this with a straight face, this new-fangled English from the venerable Washington Post.)

Uggie’s owner, Omar von Muller, adopted him from a shelter when Uggie was seven months old, given up because he bit a goat. His other film credits include “Mr. Fix It” with David Boreanaz, a comedy that went straight to DVD. Uggie landed his role in “The Artist” on the reccomandation of his trainer, Sarah Clifford, whose company Animal Savvy provides animals for movies. Now at 9 years old, Uggie may face retirement. He spends most of his days lounging by the pool or playing with Muller’s 6-year-old daughter.

Dash, Uggie’s younger brother and occasional stand-in, will keep acting.

I wrote this post on the same day as President’s Obama State of the Union speech. Could it be the search engines learned I was looking for the dogs? More stories about the terrier appear on my screen than about the State of the Union.

Oscar’s big snub: Uggie the dog, a true “Artist”, by Jill Serjeant, Reuters, Jan 24,2012

photo: from

Golden Collars Awards: Dog News Daily Dogs In TV & Film Awards Announced

Hollywood’s Top Dog: ‘The Artist’ Star Uggie, by Ramin Setoodeh, Dec 5, 2011, The Daily Beast

Dog News Daily,
“Since our launch in January 2009, has become the most popular online dog magazine…”

The Palm Dog Awards,
“Fulfilling a need for recognition of the cinema talents of man’s best friend the Palm Dog celebrates the the glamour, the sparkle, the razzmattazz and absolute fabulousness of the four legged.” Started in 2001.

“Artist” canine headed for retirement, by Kimberly Potts, Reuters Jan 26,2012

Uggie on a skateboard, with his owner Omar, on a Montel Williams infomercial:


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