Pete Hammond

Forget Clooney, Pitt, DiCaprio, Gosling. Uggie is coming to the Globes. That’s right, the Golden Globes has gone to the dogs. The scene stealing Jack Russell terrier who played Jack, faithful companion and co-star to silent screen star George Valentin in The Artist, just recently returned from a London publicity tour. Today he learned he has been credentialed for red carpet and ballroom access at Sunday night’s star-studded show where The Artist is nominated for a leading six awards including Best Picture – Comedy or Musical. Uggie isn’t a nominee himself. The HFPA doesn’t have a category for anyone with more than two legs – yet – but he is sure to steal the spotlight from all those bejewelled stars walking the red carpet and crowding the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom. What will Ricky Gervais make of this?

Actually I am told it wasn’t easy to get the hot ticket for the pooch. The Globes have been overwhelmed with requests they can’t fill due to seating limitations of the ballroom which has room for only about 1200 people. And Uggie’s trainer had to have a credential too. Not only did he have to have his photo taken for the badge but then they required a photo of Uggie for his badge too.

Perhaps that is so Cosmo, the Jack Russell terrier who starred opposite front running Best Supporting Actor nominee Christopher Plummer in Beginners, can’t try and crash the event himself.

There are always the Oscars, Cosmo.

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