Uggie (born December 1, 2002) is a trained Jack Russell Terrier famous for his roles in Water for Elephants and The Artist. His memoir Uggie, My Story was published in the US, UK and France in October 2012.
The campaign "Consider Uggie" was launched in December 2011 on Facebook by S.T. VanAirsdale, an editor at Movieline, for Uggie to receive a real or an honorary Oscar nomination. BAFTA have already announced that he would be ineligible for one of their awards, while he received a special mention at the Prix Lumière Awards in France. He won the Palm Dog Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
He won the Palm Dog Award for best performance by a canine at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, for his role as "Jack" in The Artist. It was the eleventh year in which the award was handed out, and is awarded to the best canine performance. Following the "Consider Uggie" campaign, Jone Bauman of the American Humane Association has said that Uggie is in line for a Pawscar, the association's awards for animals in films.
He has also received a special mention at the Prix Lumière Awards, the French equivalent of the Golden Globes. Uggie and Cosmo shared the prize for "Best performance by an animal", awarded by The Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.
On February 13, 2012, Uggie was named Best Dog in a Theatrical Film at the first Golden Collar Awards, awarded by Dog News Daily. The awards were only launched a couple of months prior, due to the attention Uggie was getting for his performance in The Artist On June 25, 2012, he became the first dog ever to have his paws imprinted in Hollywood's Walk of Fame
With Lassie and Rin Tin Tin in his entourage, animal actor Uggie, best known for his turns as Queenie in Water for Elephants and Jack in Best Picture winner The Artist, retired from showbiz in style by marking his territory on the sidewalk of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.