“Uggie has not been asked to participate or appear at the Oscars,” said The Weinstein Company, distributors of “The Artist”.
Without an official invitation or credential, the playful Jack Russell terrier, 10, will not be able to romp with other stars on the Oscar red carpet as the silent film front-runner vies for the movie industrys highest honours, said Reuters today. Contrary to some press reports, Uggie has not been rehearsing an Oscar skit with host Billy Crystal.
Uggie has at least one trophy in his own right to add to his own Facebook page and Twitter account. On Monday night he fought off a stiff challenge from Blackie the Doberman – the star of director Martin Scorsese's “Hugo” – to win the inaugural Golden Collar Award for best dog in a theatrical film. It was not immediately known if Blackie had also been snubbed with a non-invite to the Oscars.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.