'Hugo' Director Martin Scorsese Suspects Negative PR Campaign Behind Blackie CGI Rumors (Video)

Ellen Degeneres gave Scorsese a gold painted collar for Blackie, just in case she doesn't win the real deal at the Golden Collar Awards on Feb. 13.

Hugo director Martin Scorsese appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show today (Feb. 7) and discussed The Hollywood Reporter’s ongoing coverage of Dog News Daily’s Golden Collar Awards.

We've been tracking Scorsese’s championing of his initially ignored Hugo dog star, Blackie, a fine specimen of a Doberman Pinscher, who plays Sasha Baron Cohen’s trusty guard dog. Scorsese even went on Jimmy Kimmel's show to discuss Blackie's snub and THR broke the news of Blackie's successful Facebook write-in campaign securing him inclusion into the first annual dogs in film awards.

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On Ellen, the Oscar-nominated director mentioned THR's report from a source close to the awards who had posited that Blackie may have had CGI help with his facial expressions. Scorsese told Ellen that he checked with his visual effects creator Rob Legato, who assured him that there was zero computer enhancement. THR had an exclusive interview with Legato last week, who confirmed the lack of CGI and also revealed an amorous 20-min anchovy paste-fueled love scene between Blackie and Emily Mortimer's character which was left on the cutting room floor. 

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Scorsese implied to DeGeneres that the untrue CGI rumor was probably part of an awards campaign strategy by a competitor, like oh, maybe Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar-nominated film, The Artist?  The film's Jack Russell Uggie is up for two Golden Collar Awards. One for The Artist, the other for his role in Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

After letting Scorsese rave about Blackie, DeGeneres handed a large gold painted collar to Scorsese to give to Blackie, just in case she doesn’t win one at Dog News Daily's Golden Collar Awards, which will be held on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Century City.

The last news from Scorsese's camp at 42 West is that the director will not be able to attend the Golden Collar Awards. He has to attend the BAFTA Film Awards in London on Feb. 12 and then head straight to Japan for Hugo promotion.  

We hope that Scorsese doesn't leave poor Blackie high and dry without a date for her big night. Please reschedule your Japan visit, Marty. She'll need you on Feb. 13th more than ever.