Dujardin: Don't give Uggie an award
Published 20/01/2012 | 11:53
The Artist star Jean Dujardin does not agree with the campaign to get his dog co-star Uggie an award nomination.
The French actor stars as Hollywood film star George Valentin in the black-and-white silent film, while the Jack Russell plays his sidekick in the film.
Earlier this week attended the Golden Globes wearing a bow tie, and showed off his tricks on stage but Jean doesn't he should go so far as to win an award.
At the London Critics' Circle Awards, the actor said: "It's just a dog!
"Uggie and George Valentin, are the same character. Uggie is me and George Valentine is Uggie. So they're the same silhouette."
The Artist's director Michel Hazanavicius agreed, saying: "He's a dog, not an actor. He doesn't care about awards.
"And I would feel really uncomfortable if he was nominated in an actor category, because that means that he would take room from another actor, and that would not be fair.
"He doesn't work as an actor, he works as a dog. He wants sausages, not awards."
The Artist won a hat-trick of awards at the ceremony, and Jean admitted he had been take aback by the film's awards success.
"We were never prepared for this. It is very new so I am so proud, for the crew, for the film," he said. "It's a very new experience but I'm happy."