‘Artist’ dog wins Golden Collar prize at canine film awards

Uggie named Best Dog in a Theatrical Film

Dog News Daily’s inaugural Golden Collar Awards are the first awards show to honor canine actors in films and on television. Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier starring in silent film “The Artist”, was top dog at this awards recognizing canine excellence on screen.

The veteran (10 years) performer beat out Cosmo from “Beginners”, Denver from “50/50″, Hummer from “Young Adult”, and the doberman Blackie from Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”. Uggie was also nominated for his role in “Water for Elephants”.

Uggie’s trainer Omar von Muller accepted the award — a collar decked with Swarovski crystals with a bone-shaped pendant.

“This is very important for all the trainers in the movie industry, because we have never been recognized before, and people just don’t understand that it takes hundreds and even thousands of hours to train a dog,”  said Uggie’s trainer Omar von Muller who accepted the award in form of  a collar decked with Swarovski crystals with a bone-shaped pendant.

The Golden Collar awards saw prizes awarded in five film categories, including Best Dog in a Foreign Film, Best Dog in a Television Series, Best Dog in a Reality Series and Best Dog in a Direct-to-DVD film.

A special prize was also awarded to South African actress Charlize Theron for her work on behalf of animal welfare. Profits from the event were to go to animal welfare organizations.

Watch also:Uggie the dog from The Artist inspires animal campaign

The list of 2012 Golden Collar Awards nominees:
Best Dog In a Theatrical Film
*Blackie as Maximilian in “Hugo”
Cosmo as Arthur in “Beginners”
Uggie as Queenie in “Water for Elephants”
Denver as Skeletor in “50/50″
Hummer as Dolce in “Young Adult”
Uggie as The Dog in “The Artist”

Best Dog in a Foreign Film
Koko as Red Dog in “Red Dog” – Australia
Laika as herself in “Le Harve” – France
Biina as Alf in “The Day the Dogs Disappeared” – Japan
Ichico as Toa in “The Day the Dogs Disappeared” – Japan

Best Dog in a Television Series
Rocky as Arnold in “Entourage”
Chunk as himself in “Chelsea Lately”
Brigitte as Stella in “Modern Family”
Dart as Chance in “Hot In Cleveland”
Jason Gann as Wilfred in “Wilfred”
Lambchop as Yakult in “Suburgatory

Best Dog in a Reality Series
Giggy – The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Millou – The Real Housewives of New York City
Jackpot – The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spartacus – Ice Loves Coco
Hercules – Pit Boss

Best Dog in a Direct-to-DVD Film
Fred as B Dawg in “Spooy Buddies”
Gaston as Beethoven in “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure”
Angel as Chloe in “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2″
Rody as Marley in “Marley & Me: The Puppy Years”
Rusco as Papi in “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2″