"The Artist" is looking an increasingly safe bet in any number of Oscar categories, but Best Supporting Actor isn't one of them, and it's all because Academy rules bar canine actors from competing. That's a tough break for the film's remarkable Jack Russell prodigy Uggy, who's no less deserving than some past human nominees in the category I could mention. Gregg Kilday contemplates this injustice. On a side note, meanwhile, what's up with the bumper crop of amazing movie dogs in 2011? Between Uggy, Laika in "Le Havre," Cosmo in "Beginners," Snowy in "Tintin," Skeletor in "50/50" and others, there are at least enough contenders to form a new Oscar category. [Hollywood Reporter]
Speaking of which, Tom O'Neil rounds up a gallery of examples to prove that playing gay can net you an Oscar, but only if your character meets his maker. [Gold Derby]
No one else is writing about the degree of repressed sexuality in "Puss in Boots," so Charlie Lyne has fearlessly taken that responsibility. [Ultraculture]
Jeff Wells is still talking about a "potential" Best Picture nomination for "The Artist," wonders about its box office future. [Hollywood Elsewhere]
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