Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Golden Collar Nominees-- Yes, An Award Show For Dogs, Honoring Dogs...

Photo Credit: (c) Danielle Turchiano 2012
Golden Collar nominee Lambchop on the set of Suburgatory

During FX' TCA presentation over the weekend, Jason Gann joked that he was nominated against a handful of canine performers for a top prize at a dog award show. Everything about his statement seemed like he was just trying to wake up the thin, tired, cranky critics and see if we were paying attention. But lo and behold, he actually was giving us a spoiler because today Variety announced the nominees for the First Annual Golden Collar Awards, celebrating excellence in animals in film and television. And sure enough, Gann (a human who plays a dog on TV) was on the list.

And the nominees are:

Best Dog in a Theatrical Film
Cosmo as Arthur in Beginners
Uggie as Queenie in Water for Elephants
Denver as Skeletor in 50/50
Hummer as Dolce in Young Adult
Uggie as himself in The Artist

Best Dog in a Foreign Film
Koko as Red Dog in Red Dog (Australia)
Laika as herself in Le Havre (France)
Biina as Alf in The Day the Dogs Disappeared (Japan)
Ichico as Tao in The Day the Dogs Disappeared (Japan)

Best Dog in a TV Series
Rocky as Arnold in Entourage
Chunk as himself in Chelsea Lately
Bridgitte as Stella in Modern Family
Dart as Chance in Hot in Cleveland
Jason Gann as Wilfred in Wilfred
Lambchop as Yakult in Suburgatory

Best Dog in a Reality TV Series
Giggy (owned by Lisa Vanderpump) in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Millou (owned by Sonja Morgan) in The Real Housewives of New York
Jackpot (owned by Adrienne Maloof) in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Spartacus (owned by Coco) in Ice Loves Coco
Hercules (owned by Shorty Rossi) in Pit Boss

Best Dog in a Direct-to-DVD Film
Fred as B Dawg in Spooky Buddies
Gaston as Beethoven in Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Angel as Chloe in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
Rowdy as Marley in Marley & Me: The Puppy Years
Rusco as Papi in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Somehow both the Humanitarian Award and the Legends Honorary Award are going to humans, though. The former will be presented to Charlize Theron, and the latter, Director Robert Vince.

Now, this just leaves me to wonder: why are there no child actor awards to celebrate the adorableness that warms even the most polarizing shows simply because of the cute, cherubic cheeks co-starring in them? But in the mean time, it's going to make me work triple time to get my own show on air so that Madison Chandler can be nominated for one of these, too. And he if he had a say in the production of the award show, as well, he will present a Humanitarian Award to Maggie Q.

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