Uggie, the dog featured in “The Artist”, as expected was the big winner at the Pawscars- The American Humane Society’s annual salute to the best nonhuman stars in film. Uggie (who also won a Golden Palm Dog Award at Cannes) won for Best Scene Stealer. Other winners and their categories:
Best Perception vs Reality: War Horse. A perfect example: the scene were Joey the horse is ensnared in barbed wire. No actual barbed wire was used. It was a look alike soft rubber substitute.
Best Dressed: Mr Popper’s Penguins.
Best Inspirational “Tail”: Dolphin Tale
Best Use of Technology: Jack and Jill. A very real looking virtual cockatoo substituted for Poopsie the real one in scenes where he finds himself in a chocolate fountain, sipping Jack Daniels and flying against gale force winds.
Best Ensemble Cast: We Bought a Zoo.
Best Speaking Role Ever: Cosmo the canine from “Beginners.” His dog thoughts were subtitled in the film.
Best Doppelganger: I Am Number Four. Four lookalike dogs were used for the one dog character in the movie.
Sorry Martin Scoresese no Pawscars for Blackie the doberman featured in “Hugo.” Next up: next weeks’ The Golden Collar Awards.