The Artist is a unique film, a true silent film inspired by the silent movies of yesteryear and done in the same black and white style. It's already garnered critical acclaim, mostly due to the performances of the actors featured in the movie, Uggie included. Uggie has received many accolades for The Artist, including awards presented at the Cannes Film Festival, the Prix Lumière Awards, and others, as well as attending those awards shows and gala events.
Even though Uggie was diagnosed with a neurological order during the filming of The Artist, he managed to do all his parts like a pro. Consequently, his trainer and owner Omar Von Muller decided to have him retire from showbiz to do less stressful parts, and earlier this month, Uggie became Nintendo of America's spokesdog for their Nintendogs + Cats game for the 3DS.
Uggie & French actor Jean Dujardin onstage at the Oscars
While a "Consider Uggie" campaign for a special Oscar award didn't exactly pan out, last February 26 was still Uggie's biggest night ever, as he attended the Academy Awards ceremony. He was brought to the stage and joined the cast of The Artist as they accepted the final award of the night for Best Picture; Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin even carried then kissed him while holding his Oscar with his other hand, awwwww.
Uggie with the producer, director, and the cast of The Artist backstage at the Oscars
For the Oscars, Uggie wore a black satin bowtie with dangling 18K gold bone engraved with his name, exclusively designed by the prestigious Swiss jeweler Chopard. The classy bowtie will then be auctioned off, with proceeds going to The Amanda Foundation, a Los Angeles-based animal rescue group.
The Artist has yet to be shown here, but I'm already looking forward to see this adorable dog onscreen.
[Photos: Uggie - Business Wire; Uggie and Jean Dujardin - Mark J. Terrill of Associated Press;
Uggie and the cast of The Artist, Reuters]