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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Uggie, snubbed by Oscars, announces retirement. (Or does he?)

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One day after the AMPAS unveiled the Oscar nominations, representatives for Uggie, the scene-stealing canine co-star of The Artist, announced that the Jack Russell Terrier will retire from the motion picture business.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, trainers Omar Von Muller and Sarah Clifford said, "It always has to be fun for them. Uggie's still enjoying it but he’s getting up there and he’s slowing down a little." The 10-year-old dog (mid-70s in small dog years) deserves to "go and lay in the sun by the pool."

While snubbed by the Oscars, Uggie has been nominated for two Golden Collar Awards, for his performances in The Artist and Water for Elephants. (He faces ruff competition from Beginners' Hummer, Young Adult's Dolce, and 50/50's Denver.)

According to, "Fans can also follow Uggie on Twitter (@Uggie_TheArtist) or use the hash tag ConsiderUggie (#ConsiderUggie) to voice their outrage over the lack of an Oscar nomination."

While the rationale behind the story is sound, we can't help but think this is some kind of ruse. When do you ever hear of an actor retiring at the top of his game?

Bonus: If you just wanna say, the THR doggie photo shoot:

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