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'The Artist' Dog Star Uggie: Bafta Nominee?

The Artist, Uggie, Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin, Uggie, The Artist

Recently, we've been fed the b.s. story about Rin Tin Tin being the actual first Best Actor Academy Award winner. Now comes another canine story, this one starring Uggie, the four-legged scene-stealer in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. We're told that Uggie could have been a contender for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards – the BAFTAs – in the Best Supporting Actor category. Could is the word, as The Artist's UK-based publicity firm Premiere PR has recently sent the following information to the British Academy members:

“We have received a number of inquiries regarding the eligibility of Uggie, the Jack Russell, in the role of 'DOG' for Actor in a Supporting Role in The Artist. Regretfully, we must advise that as he is not a human being and as his unique motivation as an actor was sausages, Uggie is not qualified to compete for the BAFTA in this category. We thank you on his behalf for your support and will pass your compliments along to him.”

I should add that Uggie hasn't been included in the BAFTA longlist for Best Supporting Actor. Perhaps because he isn't a Hollywood star, as BAFTA voters clearly love Hollywood celebrities much more than they love dogs.

Now, according to one blogger who went to a Los Angeles screening of The Artist, Uggie was in attendance, “shivering and scared.” [Addendum: I'd initially remarked that “treating a dog that way is something that definitely doesn't merit any awards.” Now, Uggie is 10 years old and according to Premiere PR's Liz Miller, he trembles even in his sleep. Miller adds that “his owner/trainer, Omar, clearly loves Uggie and would never allow him to suffer in any way.” Please check out her comment below.]

Premiere PR quote via Variety

Jean Dujardin/Uggie/The Artist photo: The Weinstein Company.

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5 Comments to 'The Artist' Dog Star Uggie: Bafta Nominee?

  1. Shauna

    In “The Artist” he was so adorable, its was very cute when he ran to the policeman and pretended to be dead!!!

  2. Jody

    Uggie CERTAINLY enhanced the movie. I couldn't believe I actually got really weepy when he was looking for the policeman to follow him. Uggie is incredible and should be given an award.

  3. Sarah

    Uggie has “white dog syndrome” it's an uncontrollable muscle spasm in the leg when his body is at rest. It gets worst as he gets older and there is no cure. He is not in pain and the shaking legs do not bother him. Uggie is in no way scared, nervous, nor is he shivering. He is a very confident little dog and is treated very well. He sleeps in his owners bed and is treated like a family member. I can't believe people are actually generating negative press about a DOG. But then again, nothing human beings do should ever surprise me. :(

  4. Andre

    Thank you for the clarification.

  5. Liz Miller

    Re the blogger's comment that he appeared to be 'shivering and scared' at a screening, may we clarify that the artist known as Uggie is knocking on a bit (he's 10 years old) and like many dogs his age, he trembles a little? It doesn't bother him (he does it in his sleep) and his owner/trainer, Omar, clearly loves Uggie and would never allow him to suffer in any way.