Scorsese: Why no noms for 'Hugo's' Blackie?
January 30th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Scorsese: Why no noms for 'Hugo's' Blackie?

Between the first Golden Collar awards ceremony and the soon-to-be-retired four-legged star of a certain silent film, this year's awards season has all but gone to the dogs.

And yet, says Oscar nominee Martin Scorsese, industry observers have overlooked a rather hard-to-miss canine: Blackie, the Doberman who appears in Scorsese's Oscar nominated picture "Hugo."

The renowned filmmaker writes in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece that he was taken aback when he saw the Golden Collar Awards had nominated Jack Russell Terrier Uggie ("The Artist"; "Water for Elephants") twice in the best dog in a theatrical film category, but hadn't given Blackie any recognition for her work.

Scorsese says he can understand why: After all, Uggie plays a cute and adorable companion, whereas Blackie "gives an uncompromising performance as a ferocious guard dog who terrorizes children."

While Hollywood's "learned to accept the human antihero," Scorsese writes, "when it comes to dogs, I guess we have a long way to go." Or, he notes, perhaps it has something to do with the breed's origins.

Nevertheless, the director says, Blackie gave it her all on set, "[daring] to risk the sympathy of her audience."

As a result, Scorsese is protesting the "omission of Blackie the Doberman from the first Golden Collar nominations." If you feel as strongly as Scorsese does, he invites you to make your "preference known to the editors of Dog News Daily by write-in ballot and give Blackie the nomination she so richly deserves."

The publication, meanwhile, has heard Scorsese's outcry, and says that if Blackie receives 500 write-in nominations by Monday, February 6, the Golden Collar nominating committee will request that Blackie be added to the ballot as the sixth best dog in a theatrical film nominee.

Winners for the first Golden Collar Awards will be announced February 13.

Filed under: Awards Season • movies

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. dem hoez

    Mark Zuckerberg is the Antichrist.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bob Holben

    All the golden trophies have gone to the dogs lately, they're no fun anymore, and have become a mockery unto themselves, a la Mad Magazine parodies

    January 31, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sokman

    I dont think the dog cares if its nominated or not. Its a dog.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      If you watch a dog show on tv, you will see that the winning dog KNOWS it is the winner. Dogs aren't geniuses, but they know when they are being praised.

      January 31, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. frankenstein

    Surprised nobody is screaming racism with a name like that.

    January 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mormon

    Not true. The Mitt is cool.

    January 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @carrieanne

    His real name is Williard, like the rat. Does that tell you anything?

    January 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. carrieanne

    Sorry Scott. NOT voting for "Mitt". What's his real name anyway, or is he withholding that too?

    January 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charlie Crack

    Vote for crack

    January 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott The Mormon

    Oh yeah. VOTE FOR MITT !

    January 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott The Mormon

    You would probably need to ask a 12 to 14 year old boy that is failing his English class.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. carrieanne

    What the hell is a lesbean?

    January 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Melanie J

    I think sghetti and Richard and Ted are the same 14 year old.

    January 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      When the bus comes he'll stop, and then he'll start up again about 4pm. His mom posts here sometimes about how his dad left them when he saw the DNA test. He goes on and on about Mormons because his dad's now dating one. Pretty sad.

      January 31, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Richard Fore

    You know why a dog licks his balls, because he can! Hahaha you losers !

    January 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sghetti

    I think it is because blackie is a d oo d oo eater. A lesbean one that likes sno t.

    January 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |

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