Uggie, the adorable Jack Russell terrier from "The Artist," has been stealing the Oscar season spotlight not only from his co-stars, but also from his fellow canines, particularly Blackie, the unsung hero of Martin Scorsese's "Hugo."
Now Scorsese is a raging bulldog, calling out Dog News Daily's First Annual Golden Collar Awards in the pages of the Los Angeles Times for snubbing the "handsome" Doberman Blackie, who plays the attack dog of Sacha Baron Cohen's bumbling train station officer to great effect. While Uggie received two nominations in "Best Dog in a Theatrical Film" category, the imposing Blackie got zilch.
"Uggie plays a nice little mascot who does tricks and saves his master's life in one of the films," Scorsese writes, "while Blackie gives an uncompromising performance as a ferocious guard dog who terrorizes children. I'm sure you can see what I'm driving at."
Are you talking to me, Scorsese?
"I'm proud of Blackie," the director continues, "who laid it on the line and dared to risk the sympathy of her audience. Let's just say that on the set, she had a fitting nickname: Citizen Canine. The bath scene alone is a masterpiece of underplaying, with Blackie's wonderfully aquiline face accentuated by the 3-D."
How can we all make the director of "Taxi Driver" happy this award season? Dog News Daily editor Alan Siskind insists that, "If Blackie receives 500 write-in 'NOMINATE HUGO'S BLACKIE' posts by Monday, Feb. 6th, on Dog News Daily's Facebook page then the Golden Collar nominating committee will request that the panel of 14 judges add Hugo's Blackie as the 6th Nominee in the Best Dog in a Theatrical Film category."
So there you have it. Do your duty to fetch this pooch a nomination, or Scorsese will sic Joe Pesci on you.