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Martin Scorsese claims breed discrimination at awards show

A number of canine actors are up for accolades at the first annal Golden Collar Awards, a type of Golden Globes for dogs that give memorable performances in feature films. But director Martin Scorsese is up in arms that Blackie, a Doberman that played a guard dog in Hugo with Sacha Baron Cohen, did not get nominated for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, the award-winning producer and director points out that the Doberman may have been shunned because it is not cute or saving people like the other nominees - Uggie, a Jack Russell terrier in Water for Elephants and another canine star of The Artist.

"Jack Russell terriers are small and cute. Dobermans are enormous and - handsome," he writes. "More tellingly, Uggie plays a nice little mascot who does tricks and saves his master's life in one of the films, while Blackie gives an uncompromising performance as a ferocious guard dog who terrorizes children. I'm sure you can see what I'm driving at."

While the Golden Collar Awards may not be of the utmost importance, the breed discrimination that Scorsese claims is. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that dogs that have a historical reputation as "dangerous" are more likely to be left at animal shelters despite their individual characteristics, because of how the media unfairly portrays them.
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