Industries & Festivals — January 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

The Golden Collar Awards – first awards for “movie dogs”

No, officially this does not exist. However, The Golden Collar Awards do, and its the creation of the online magazine Dog News Daily.

First awards will take place on February 13 at the dog-friendly Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles. Proceeds will benefit L.A.-area dog rescue shelters and organizations.

And Uggie (the dog) from silent movie “The Artist” has been announced as the top nominee for the first GCA awards.

Uggie, the much-celebrated star of “The Artist,” received a pair of nominations in the marquee category of Best Dog in a Theatrical Film – one for “The Artist,” and the other for his performance as Queenie in “Water for Elephants.”

He’ll be going up against Cosmo, Denver and Hummer, who were nominated for their roles in “Beginners,” “50/50” and “Young Adult, respectively.

Uggie was on hand to help with the nominations announcement, which was made with the help of his human co-star in “The Artist,” Penelope Ann Miller.

The most interesting race in the other four categories in clearly the impending dogfight in the Best Dog in a Reality Television Series category, where three nominees from “Real Housewives” shows (Giggy and Jackpot from Beverly Hills and Millou from New York City) are expected to make mincemeat of Spartacus from “Ice Loves Coco” and Hercules from “Pit Boss” before turning their claws on each other.

And while Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre” was surprisingly left off the shortlist in the Oscar Foreign-Language category, the Finnish director can no doubt console himself with the knowledge that his canine lead, Laika, is up for Best Dog in a Foreign Film.

The nominees:

BEST DOG IN A THEATRICAL FILM

COSMO as Arthur – BEGINNERS (Focus Features)
UGGIE as Queenie  – WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (Fox)
DENVER as Skeletor – 50/50 (Summit Entertainment/ Mandate Pictures)
HUMMER as Dolce – YOUNG ADULT (Paramount/Mandate)
UGGIE as The Dog – The Artist (The Weinstein Company)

BEST DOG IN A FOREIGN FILM

KOKO as Red Dog – RED DOG (Roadshow Films, Australia)
LAIKA as Herself – LE HAVRE (Janus Films, France)
BIINA as Alf – THE DAY THE DOGS DISAPPEARED (Nippon Television, Japan)
ICHICO as Tao – THE DAY THE DOGS DISAPPEARED (Nippon Television, Japan)

BEST DOG IN A TELEVISION SERIES

ROCKY as Arnold (LOL) – ENTOURAGE(HBO)
CHUNK as Himself – CHELSEA LATELY (E! Entertainment Television)
BRIDGITTE as Stella – MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
DART as Chance – HOT IN CLEVELAND (TV Land)
JASON GANNS as Wilfred – WILFRED (FX)
LAMPCHOP as Yakult – SUBURGATORY (ABC)

BEST DOG IN A REALITY TELEVISION SERIES

GIGGY – THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS / Lisa Vanderpump (Bravo)
MILLOU – THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY / Sonja Morgan (Bravo)
JACKPOT – THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS / Adrienne Maloof (Bravo)
SPARTACUS – ICE LOVES COCO / Coco (E! Entertainment)
HERCULES – PIT BOSS / Shorty Rossi (Animal Planet)

BEST DOG IN A DIRECT-TO-DVD FILM

FRED as B Dawg – SPOOKY BUDDIES (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)
GASTON as Beethoven – BEETHOVEN’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE (Universal)
ANGEL as Chloe – BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 2 (Walt Disney Studios)
ROWDY as Marley – Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (20th Century Fox)
RUSCO as Papi – Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Walt Disney Studios)

***All this is very cool, and I support what these animal lovers are doing. However, this could have been made into something more official. For example, why limit to only dogs?

I understand that this “Golden Collar Award” was created by Dog News Daily, however something similar, but bigger, could have been made to cover all animals that appear in feature films/documentaries/television series/short movies, and so on.

I got nothing against dogs, its just not really fair. And yes, I do love Uggie, best of luck to this little fella. I hope he grabs the award.



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