There's been a lot of talk recently about how Uggie, the canine star of French film "The Artist" should have been nominated for an Oscar. Instead, he's been nominated for a new doggie acting award, The Golden Collar.
Veteran actor Christopher Plummer has been campaigning for a nomination for his "Beginners" canine co-star Cosmo, and now Martin Scorsese has launched a cheeky "For Your Consideration" campaign asking for a Golden Collar nod for Blackie, the Doberman Pinscher in his film, "Hugo."
As Scorsese told "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Weeknights, 12 a.m. EST on ABC), even with 11 Oscar nominations for "Hugo" he still feels bad because Blackie was snubbed. Why was he snubbed? Awards voters obviously didn't appreciate his acting skills.
He praised Blackie's ability to under-play a scene, "and the muzzle that came out in 3D? It's genius!" So, how, wondered Kimmel, did directing Blackie compare to directing, say, Don Rickles in "Casino?"
"Well, the Doberman had more flair to him."
Good news for Scorsese: The Golden Collar organizers have now confirmed that Blackie is the sixth nominee for this year's inaugural award.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" airs Weeknights at 12 a.m. EST on ABC.
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