Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Uggie Crowned Top Dog at Golden Collar Awards - ABC News

PHOTO: Missi Pyle, James Cromwell and UggieUggie Crowned Top Dog at Golden Collar Awards - ABC News

Much to no one's surprise, Uggie, the beloved Jack Russell terrier that starred in the Oscar-nominated film "The Artist," won best dog at the first ever Golden Collar awards, which were held in Los Angeles Monday night.Dog News Daily, a website that covers famous dogs in Hollywood, organized the awards show to honor the canines' performances in film and television.Celebrity humans and canines alike attended the red-carpet event, which included director Martin Scorsese via video, despite having a previous despute with the awards show over its omission of Blackie, the Doberman from "Hugo."But in a year in which a host of four-legged actors starred in Oscar-nominated films, this was one awards show that went completely to the dogs. Here is a list of the Golden Collar Awards winners.

As expected, Uggie, who starred with actor Jean Dujardin in "The Artist," was awarded the crystal encrusted collar for best dog in a film.Uggie became a darling of the big screen with his role in the silent film, and there are plenty of folks --more than 11,000 on Movieline.com's Facebook page at last count -- who thought he ought to be considered for an Oscar.The proud pooch, who sported a mock tuxedo for the Golden Collar awards, was also nominated for his work as Queenie in "Water for Elephants."His trainer Omar Von Mueller told the Associated Press that he is a "great performer, but he's also a family member." The 10-year-old canine has "mystery shaking syndrome" and will retire after this year.Shown here are Uggie's "Artist" co-stars James Cromwell, Missi Pyle and Beth Grant, who were also at the event."I'm delighted to be here, because I owe my career to a pig," Cromwell said, referring to the 1995 film "Babe" in which he played a farmer.

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