Arts & Leisure

Scorsese wins last-minute nod in Oscars dog fight

Posted on February 03, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood veteran Martin Scorsese has won a pre-Oscars dog fight by securing an 11th hour nomination for the four-legged star of his latest movie in a canine contest.

Scorsese wrote an open letter to the Los Angeles Times at the weekend lamenting that Blackie, the snarling Doberman from his top-Oscar tipped movie Hugo, had been left out of nominees for the Golden Collar award.

The frontrunner for the dog award is widely seen as Uggie, the cute trick-performing Jack Russell from silent movie The Artist, which is snapping at Scorsese’s heels with 10 nominations against 11 nods for Hugo.

Contest organizers Dog News Daily responded to Scorsese’s letter by promising to nominate Blackie if at least 500 people backed him by “liking” its Facebook page.

A deluge of message calls for Blackie to be nominated followed -- easily more than 500 in 24 hours, said a statement on the dog-friendly Web site.

“Due to the outpouring of love and support from around the world from fans of Mr. Scorsese, his film Hugo and its canine star Blackie, the write-in campaign... has been successful,” said Dog News Daily head Alan Siskind.

“Blackie’s name has been added to the Best Dog in a Theatrical Film category as the sixth and final nominee in that category,” he added.

The 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, with red carpet arrivals and a private cocktail reception benefiting Los Angeles area dog rescue organizations and shelters.

Other nominees include Cosmo from the movie Beginners and Brigitte, aka Stella, in the TV series Modern Family, according to a press release on Dog News Daily’s Web site. -- AFP