You may have heard of Uggie the dog, who was featured in the movie, “The Artist.” Uggie has been receiving a lot of attention and he was nominated for a Golden Collar Award. Now, Martin Scorsese, director of the movie, “Hugo,” has written an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times protesting the omission of a dog named Blackie, who appeared in “Hugo.” Here’s an excerpt:
I’m proud of Blackie, 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.
I detect another, more deep-seated prejudice at work. Jack Russell terriers were bred in the 19th century for the purposes of fox hunting by an Englishman, the Rev. John Russell. Dobermans were bred by a German tax collector who was afraid of being bludgeoned to death by the citizenry. But does that mean we must condemn the entire breed? Must we forget the magnificent physical achievements of such legendary Dobermans as Bingo von Ellendonk (who achieved a perfect score in the storied Schutzhund competition), Borong the Warlock, Baracuda Liborium or Caravelle Drillbit?
In short, I protest the omission of Blackie the Doberman from the first Golden Collar nominations. Moreover, I encourage all Times readers to make their preference known to the editors of Dog News Daily by write-in ballot and give Blackie the nomination she so richly deserves.
I saw “Hugo,” and agree that Blackie the Doberman was great in his role. I can certainly see why Scorsese wants Blackie to get some recognition too. The Golden Collar Awards is a new awards show sponsored by Dog News Daily which honors canines who appear in film. Click here for the full essay by Scorsese.