News Nuggets: ‘The Artist’ scene-stealer Uggie wins at the Golden Collar Awards

Uggie wins top honors at the Golden Collar Awards: “Uggie, the talented and adorable 10-year-old Jack Russell co-star of ‘The Artist,’ was the paws-down winner for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film … Acceptance speeches at the Golden Canine Awards were blissfully short, with no sentimental gushing. The award-winning dogs didn’t go on and on about their gratitude to their mothers, directors, and spouses, and their people had just a few well-chosen words for the audience, who braved an ice-cold banquet hall for the awards portion of the event.” DOGSTER

Despite his Golden Collar win, Oscar’s red carpet is off-limits to Uggie: “Uggie, the canine star of ‘The Artist,’ won’t be taking part in the Oscars or appearing on the red carpet next week, despite having won the hearts of millions of moviegoers. ‘Uggie has not been asked to participate or appear at the Oscars,’ a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company, distributors of ‘The Artist,’ told Reuters on Tuesday. 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 industry’s highest honors.” OTTOWA CITIZEN

Miss Piggy protests the Oscars’ refusal to consider animal performances for acting awards: “Miss Piggy, age undetermined, joined calls from the likes of Steven Spielberg and James Cromwell for the Academy to rule four-legged performers eligible for acting Oscars. The clamour follows what has been seen as a vintage season for animal stars … Miss Piggy had been expected to attend this year’s Oscars, where her latest film is nominated in the best original song category. However, she now says she ‘doesn’t know’ if she will go.” GUARDIAN

Will Kate Winslet be the next to win the EGOT: “All she needs is a Tony, having immediately jumped to TV once she had an Oscar in hand–and winning an Emmy immediately thereafter. She has the eye of the tiger and is likely training to play Mama Rose as we speak. [But] the Tonys have gotten more sensitive about awarding carpet-bagging movie stars.” NEW YORK OBSERVER

FOX’s “House” will end its eight-season run on May 21: “A Fox rep confirms to TheWrap that ‘House’ will end its run with a one-hour episode in the show’s regular Monday night timeslot. The network announced last week that the series would end after the current season. [Hugh Laurie‘s] contract with the show ends after season eight, and ‘House’ has already dealt with numerous casting changes throughout its run.” THE WRAP

Why “50/50” deserved a Best Picture nomination: “Director Jonathan Levine‘s affecting ’50/50’ would be worthy of recognition if, for no other reason, than transcending an unfortunate shorthand (It’s a cancer comedy!) to earn its place as a well-regarded piece of cinema. But what makes the dramedy truly Oscar-worthy (and a decided snub on the part of the Academy) is that it’s a film greater than the sum of its (very good) parts, touching on a buffet of themes (life, death, love) without the oft-requisite side of stinky cheese.” MTV

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