Martin Scorsese has written a "for your consideration" op-ed for the LA Times in support of Blackie, the Doberman Pinscher from his film Hugo.
He feels that Uggie, while cute, has received an unfair amount of recognition while Blackie isn't even mentioned.
Just because Jack Russells are naturally cute and Uggie's roles were funny or cute doesn't mean that that is the only qualification for a good dog actor.
"OK, let's lay all our cards on the table. Jack Russell terriers are small and cute. Dobermans are enormous and - handsome.
More tellingly, Uggie plays a nice little mascot who does tricks and saves his master's life in one of the films, while Blackie gives an uncompromising performance as a ferocious guard dog who terrorizes children."
The general public does seem biased toward cute little dogs but skilled acting in a dog is important too. Like the scene in Hugo Scorsese specifically brings up when Blackie was sitting in a small bathtub just staring at Sasha Baron Cohen.
"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?"
With Scorsese's plea so well written and thought provoking, the Dog News Daily's editor said:
"If Blackie receives 500 write-in "NOMINATE HUGO'S BLACKIE" posts by Monday, February 6th, on Dog News Daily's Facebook page then the Golden Collar nominating committee will request that the panel of 14 judges add Hugo's Blackie as the 6th Nominee in the Best Dog in a Theatrical Film category."
What's amazing is Blackie received the 500 necessary votes in under 24 hours!!!
Way to go, Scorsese!
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