Scorsese’s award campaign for ‘Hugo’ canine

Never say Martin Scorsese doesn’t love his stars. The iconic director has used his influence to secure Hugo star Blackie a nomination for a Golden Collar Award.

It's canine wars in Hollywood

The canine star of Hugo, Blackie is a giant Doberman who plays a crucial and well executed part in the Oscar-nominated film as Sacha Baron Cohen’s attack dog. However the poor animal was left out of the nominations for a Golden Collar Award, much to the disappointment of his director. The Golden Collar Awards are given to performing dogs and the first annual awards ceremony will be held on 13 February at the Hotel Palomar, Los Angeles.

In a letter to the LA Times, Scorsese lamented Blackie’s snub in the ‘Best Dog in a Theatrical Film’ category, urging readers to contact the organisers of the awards in support of his canine friend.

“How could she not be nominated?” Scorsese wrote. He made reference to the Jack Russell Uggie, who has received two nominations for his roles in both Water For Elephants and The Artist.

“Uggie plays a nice little mascot who does tricks and saves his master’s life in one of the films, while Blackie gives an uncompromising performance as a ferocious guard dog who terrorises children,” Scorsese went on.

Challenging roles like this should get recognition he said, “I’m proud of Blackie, who laid it on the line and dared to risk the sympathy of her audience.”

In response to his rather eloquent argument, the event’s organisers Dog Daily News have said that: “Rather than engage in a war of words over the merits” of the two dogs, they will request the panel of 14 judges add Blackie as the sixth nomination … if she receives 500 or more write-in nominations via its Facebook page.

Scorsese certainly has the public under his thumb. More than 400 supporters have already submitted their nominations in the 24 hours since his letter was published, so we have no doubt the required number will be reached.

Other dogs in the running include: Denver from the comedy drama 50/50, Hummer from Young Adult and Cosmo from Beginners.

So, is this unfair or was Blackie snubbed? Let us know!

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