Young Adult star nominated for ‘Best Dog in Theatrical Film’ awardBy Emma
Photo Credit: The Hollywood News
Adorable Pomeranian steals the limelight
This year has seen several standout performances by dogs in Hollywood productions and on television. And now this somewhat neglected area of acting has its own Award Ceremony. Monday the 13th February will see the first annual Golden Collar Awards take place in Los Angeles.
Hummer, a 4 year old Pomeranian has been nominated for his touching performance as ‘Dolce’ alongside Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman’s lauded new comedy Young Adult.
Young Adult director explained recently how he came across Hummer; “I couldn’t find the right dog, we looked at a lot trained dogs but nothing was right. Finally my producer was in Manhattan, saw a dog on the street, took a photo of it and said, ‘What do you think of this one?’ And I was like ‘That’s the dog!’ We cast Hummer and sent it to Minneapolis.” Since his owner agreed, it allowed the non-professional mutt to make his acting debut as a loyal dog opposite Academy Award winning actress, Charlize Theron.
The director also explained that he picked the Pomeranian breed because “It’s the only dog that is genetically always smiling. I thought it would be funny if Charlize was being so cruel to this dog all the time and all it could do back physically was smile. It’s in its DNA is smile back.”
Hummer’s Young Adult co-star Charlize Theron is also to receive the first Golden Collar Humanitarian Award at the February event.
The nominations were announced yesterday by The Artist co-stars Penelope Ann-Miller and Uggie the Jack Russell.
You can see Hummer’s talent in action in the trailer below.
(The Golden Collar Awards are the creation of Dog News Daily, and will take place on Monday, Feb. 13 at the dog-friendly Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit dog rescue organisations).