Blackie the Doberman plays an attack dog owned by a train station officer in Scorsese’s film Hugo.
Resenting the snub to Blackie, Scorsese wrote a letter to the LA Times, complaining that Blackie had not been recognized in the 'best dog in a theatrical film' category by Dog News Daily and urged readers to support his efforts.
“How could she not be nominated?” he asked. And then went on to denigrate the doggie competition. Uggie the Jack Russell has been nominated for The Artist and Water for Elephants.
"Jack Russell terriers are small and cute. Dobermans are enormous and - handsome," the director said. "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.
"I'm proud of Blackie, who laid it on the line and dared to risk the sympathy of her audience." Source
At one time Dobermans were bred and trained to be vicious factory guard dogs. It takes acting skills for the modern Dobie to pull off ferocity, according to Scorsese.
Dog News Daily agreed to add Blackie as a nominee if he received 500 votes on his Facebook page. Blackie quickly received the needed votes.
Also vying for Top Dog at the Golden Collars are Cosmo from the film Beginners, Denver from comedy drama 50/50 and Hummer from the film Young Adult.
Famous Hollywood directors it seems can be like the rest of us when it comes to recognition for our dogs.