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Uggie, Dog from The Artist, Celebrates Oscar Noms Atop Empire State Building

USMagazine, Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 3:42pm (PST)

Uggie is reaching new heights!

On Tuesday, silent film The Artist grabbed 10 Academy Award nominations -- including Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Supporting Actress (Berenice Bejo) -- and its canine star, Uggie, couldn't wait to celebrate.

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The adorable Jack Russell terrier stars alongside Dujardin and Bejo in the love letter to Hollywood's transition from silent to "talkie" filmmaking, and feted the movie's big Oscar score by ascending to the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building in NYC with his trainer, Omar von Muller.

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The pooch also acted alongside Reese Withespoon and Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants. "He's been an amazing partner and a very kind and very good actor," Rojo told Reuters about her canine costar.

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Director Michel Hazanavicius added that his flick would "never have been the same movie without the dog," in which he plays companion to fading silent movie star George Valentin.

Marveled Sarah Clifford, who worked with Uggie on the movie, to Reuters: "There was a take where Uggie actually reached out and tried to pull the gun out of his (Jean's) hand with his mouth. He put his mouth on Jean's hand and started pulling his hand. We were so stunned. He wasn't told to do that."

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