The barks are growing louder as Uggie the dog continues to sniff down the Oscar path. But will the Academy bite, or are they too catty to consider this canine?
The talented pooch that shined in the black and white Oscar-front runner flick "The Artist" is on the campaign trail, hoping to earn a nod for his stellar work. Backed by a growing web campaign and coming off a glamorous photo shoot with The Hollywood Reporter, Uggie is now making the rounds across the sea, charming hosts in England with his ability to play dead, jump and put his paw on his face in dismay.
It's unlikely that he'll land a nomination, but that's not stopping this campaign. After all, if a movie is silent, does it matter if an actor can't talk in real life? What's the difference? And like some of the top contenders this year, like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, Uggie featured in two films this year, as he took a prominent part in "Water For Elephants," as well.
Uggie rolled around for the BBC on Tuesday morning, where he sat down for an in depth interview alongside his clearly delighted trainer Omar Von Muller, who says that he thinks it's time that a dog get recognized for his work. Uggie did nab the Palm Dog at last year's Cannes Film Festival, but he's looking for statuettes (or at least bones) instead of collars.
If you want to voice your support, you can tweet your feelings to Uggie himself (or, some fan that loves the pup, anyway).