Sunday, June 16, 2024

“The Artist” Winners Joke: “Uggie” Doesn’t Even Know Us Now


Fame–it’s a bitch. And that seems to be the case for Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who nearly steals “The Artist” directed by Michel Hazanavicius. The delightful film won the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy/Musical on Sunday night. Uggie made his first national appearance, dancing with the cast and director on stage. But the next morning, I ran into Hazanavicius, Berenice Bejo, and Jean DuJardin at the Four Seasons while they prepared to tape a French entertainment show. It was just hours before they would receive 11 BAFTA nominations, securing their Oscar bid–nominations for our awards come on January 24th. So, one question: after all this time, did Uggie recognize you? “I’m not sure,” said Michel. “But I think so.” Berenice, shaking her head: “It’s a long time now, he’s had so much else to do. Plus, he lives here in L.A. Awards shows aren’t a big deal for him.” And Jean DuJardin joked: “You can’t even get near him now. Agents, publicists. He’s not the same dog!”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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