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'The Artist' Canine Star Uggie Presents Nominees for First Annual Golden Collar Awards

The first Oscars for dogs will take place on Feb. 13.

Uggie Dog with Golden Globe - P 2012
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Hollywood is now officially a dog-eat-dog world. The Artist star Penelope Ann Miller and Uggie, who plays George Valentin's steadfast canine friend, announced the canine nominees of Dog News Daily’s 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards ceremony takes place on Monday (Feb. 13)  at 6 p.m. PT at  the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Also at the event, Charlize Theron will receive the Golden Collar’s Humanitarian Award. Director Michael Vance has earned The Legends Honorary award.

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Here are the canine nominees in five categories:

BEST DOG IN A THEATRICAL FILM

Cosmo as Arthur – Beginners (Focus Features), Uggie as Queenie  – Water for Elephants (Fox), Denver as Skeletor – 50/50 (Summit Entertainment/ Mandate Pictures), Hummer as Dolce - Young Adult (Paramount/Mandate), Uggie as Jack – The Artist (The Weinstein Company)

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BEST DOG IN A FOREIGN FILM

Koko as Red Dog – Red Dog (Roadshow Films, Australia), Laika as Herself – Le Harve (Janus Films, France), Biina as Alf – The Day The Dogs Disappeared (Nippon Television, Japan), Ichico as Tao – The Day The Dogs Disappeared (Nippon Television, Japan)

BEST DOG IN A TELEVISION SERIES

Rocy as Arnold – Entourage (HBO), Chunk as himself – Chelsea Lately (E! Entertainment Television), Bridgitte as Stella – Modern Family (ABC), Dart as Chance – Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) Jason Gann as Wilfred – Wilfred (FX), Lambchop as Yakult – Suburbatory (ABC)

BEST DOG IN A REALITY TELEVISION SERIES

Giggy The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills / Lisa Vanderpump (Bravo), Millou – The Real Housewives of New York City / Sonja Morgan (Bravo), Jack Pot  – The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills / Adrienne Maloof (Bravo), SpartacusIce Loves Coco / Coco (E! Entertainment), HerculesPit Boss / Shorty Rossi (Animal Planet)

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BEST DOG IN A DIRECT-TO-DVD FILM

Fred as B Dawg – Spooky Buddies (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment), Gaston as Beethoven – Beethoven's Christmas Advenure (Universal Home Entertainment), Angel as Chloe – Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment), Rowdy as Marley – Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment), Rusco as Papi – Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)

So who's judging this dog show? A panel of dog-loving film critics, entertainment journalists and entertainment media industry execs including: Linda Bell Blue, Executive Producer, Entertainment Tonight, Pete Hammond, Awards Columnist, Deadline Hollywood, Neil Stiles, President, Variety, Steve Pond, Awards Columnist, The Wrap, Ramin Setoodeh, Senior Writer, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Claudia Puig, Film Critic, USA Today, Lynn Hirschberg, Editor-at-Large, W, Suzanne Marques, Entertainment Reporter, KCBS2 & KCAL9, George Pennacchio, Entertainment Reporter, ABC7 Eyewitness News, Wendy Burch, Weekend Anchor, KTLA Morning News, Leo Quinones, Host, KFWB’s Film Freak Movie Talk Show, Lilly Liu, journalist, Apple Daily (Hong Kong), HFPA, Vera Anderson, journalist, Cine Premiere Magazine (Mexico) HFPA and me, Elizabeth Snead, Contributing Editor at The Hollywood Reporter.

Frankly, we have a hunch that Uggie may have a major edge over his competition. After all, he already played dead/cute onstage at the Golden Globes and posed in the press room with the film's Globe statue. But while he's the front-runner for films, there may be a real catfight between the Real Housewives and their reality TV dogs. We hear the housewive's dogs can be real bitches.

Wonder if there will be fire hydrants on the red carpet? Have the nominees started sniffing out their doggie tuxs and gowns from Ralph Lauren and Burburry's pet lines? Will they walk the carpet on a diamond leash from Harry Winston or ride in style in Hermes or Louis Vuitton carriers, toted by their publicists, costars, trainers or owners? No word on whether this year's awards will be televised but I'd say next year it's a natural for Animal Planet programming.

I've got to get busy and watch a lot of dog performances before I cast my bones, er, votes. Now I know how the Academy members feel. I'm already dog-tired.