Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cosmo and Uggie Mug for the Hollywood Cameras

The canine stars of "The Artist" and "Beginners" do a photo session for the Hollywood Reporter, and the whole industry wonders why there isn't a best dog actor category in the Academy Awards.

Cosmo and Uggie Mug for the Hollywood Cameras

Cosmo (left) and Uggie
Cosmo (left) and Uggie The Hollywood Reporter

Scene- stealing Jack Russells Cosmo and Uggie, co-stars, respectively, of the Golden Globe-winning Beginners (Christopher Plummer for best supporting actor) and the Golden Globe-winning The Artist (best film – comedy or musical, best actor (Jean Dujardin) and best score), showed up for a Hollywood Reporter photo shoot earlier this week. Both dogs are more than just cute canines in their films – they emote mightily, they interact with their human counterparts, and they do their own stunts.

In the new bestseller Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, author Susan Orlean recounts how the very first acting Oscar, in 1929, almost went to the German shepherd superstar of Silent Cinema. But at the last minute, the Academy board made a rule that only humans could be eligible for the acting prizes. Maybe it’s time to rethink the policy. Cosmo and Uggie are essential characters in the respective stories, and it’s impossible to imagine either Beginners or The Artist without ’em.

Here’s a video of the Hollywood Reporter photo shoot:

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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