The Oscars will be announced on March 4th. To get myself ready for the occasion, I have decided to choose my own Oscars for Dogs in film. Over the years, there have been many films (hundreds?) where dogs played a key role in their success. The nominees for awards here (as well as the winners) are chosen by me and may (or may not) be the same as your choices. But don’t worry, my opinions are completely subjective.
Nominees: Best Live Action Films About Dogs…
As Good As It Gets
Best in Show
Nominees: Best Animated Films About Dogs…
Lady and The Tramp
The Secret Life of Pets
And my Oscar Goes To: Best Live Action Film: Best In Show. (see above) This was a surprise choice. It is a fine, humorous film but many complaints were heard. The most frequent was: “Too much of the story was about humans.”
And my Oscar goes to: Best Animated Film: Up. (see above) A fine cast brought this humorous, and at times poignant, film alive. Special mention must be given to “Dug, the dog” in a supporting role.
An Oscar also goes to: Best Actor in Live Action film: Maya, from Eight Below. (see above, 4th from left) She was the Alpha dog in the film. As the pack’s leader, she led them on their adventure when the dogs were left behind by the team of humans.
An Oscar also goes to: Best Actor in an Animated Film: Sparky, from Frankenweenie. (see above) He showed great range as the hero of this story. We saw 2 versions of him: BD (before death) and AD (after death). His performance was extraordinary in both conditions.
A Special Oscar also goes to: Rowlf. Although not in a film recently, his numerous previous efforts (eg, as part of The Muppets on television and in films) deserve this recognition. His next adventure is eagerly awaited. Most critics leave each of his performances with their mouth open –just as Rowlf does. There can be no finer compliment.
What winners would you choose in these categories?