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Martin Scorsese Talks Golden Collar Awards, THR on Ellen Show (Video)

The "Hugo" director campaigns for dog star Blackie to prevail over frontrunner Uggie at the Feb. 13 canine-centric ceremony.

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Martin Scorsese has a bone to pick with The Hollywood Reporter's coverage of the Golden Collar Awards.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Scorsese mentioned THR's report from a source close to the awards who suggested Blackie -- the doberman he directed in Hugo -- was initially overlooked as a contender for the Feb. 13 ceremony because her facial expressions were enhanced with CGI.

VIDEO: Martin Scorsese Praises 'Hugo' Dog Star's 3D Performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

"I said, 'Wait a minute, did we CGI this dog? I don't remember that,'" he said on the show. "Called Rob -- Rob Legato, who's our special effects and visual effects (supervisor). He wrote a rebuttal (in) The Hollywood Reporter, explaining that there was not one shot of CGI!"

See Legato's remarks here.

Scorsese suspected a negative PR campaign was at play, implying to DeGeneres that the false CGI rumor might have been the handiwork of a competitor, aka Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar nominee, The Artist. The silent film's Jack Russell Uggie is up for two Golden Collars: one for The Artist, the other for his role in Water for Elephants co-starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

Check out Scorsese's Ellen interview below.