They growl, squeal, and loll in the arms of crying women. What would classic films like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” be without “Cat”? With the PATSY (Performing Animal Television Star) award, animals have their own Oscar ceremony. Imagine them holding their trophies and marching down the red carpet.
Of course, some would say that such an award for animals is entirely unnecessary. However, the change it could bring would be different. On the contrary, there will be more attention to animal actors and more respect and protection for animals. This was precisely the thinking of Patsy’s founders. Here are four adorable animals who have won academy awards.
Terry as Toto in “The Wizard of Oz”
Nominated for six Academy Awards, Toto, formerly known as Terry, is a fictional dog created by L. Frank Baum. While she has appeared in many films, it was her performance as Toto in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz that made her a household name. While Toto will always be known for The Wizard of Oz, the dog went on to make seven other equally famous films.
Trained by Carl Spitz, Terry did his own stunts. In the film, he was the pet dog of Dorothy Gale, a teenage orphan raised by Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, her two guardians. Toto, Dorothy’s faithful companion, was the only friend of the main heroine of the film. Thanks to the friendly relationship between her and his little mistress, he was able to save Dorothy from the dark fate of the adults of her time.
Orangey as Cat in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
From 1950 to 1960, Orangey reigned supreme at the box office. He was the tabby cat named Cat in Rhubarb and Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961 with Audrey Hepburn. Affectionately known as Cat, the feline was nominated twice at the Patsys. As well to Breakfast at Tiffany’s being one of the most iconic animal films, Orangey has appeared in many other equally famous films.
Orangey had his first leading role in 1951’s Rhubarb. A true star of the silver screen, Orangey was the star of the animal actors of his time. The feline also made his mark as Minerva in the TV show “Our Miss Brooks”. Orangey’s successes also include appearances on such famous TV shows as Mission Impossible, Batman, and The Beverly Hillbillies.
Cosmo as Arthur in “Beginners”
Arthur, whose real name is Cosmo, is a Jack Russell Terrier made famous for his roles in films such as Beginners and Hotel for Dogs. The lovable canine was Hal Fields’ pal in the comedy-drama “Beginners”.
Backed by Uggie in his role, they both contributed to the Oscar nominations for their roles in “Beginners”. According to an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Brown said that Uggie and Cosmos “are great performance dogs.
Uggie in “The Artist”
Uggie, is well deserved the title of the superstar he is known for winning the Golden Collar Top Dog. He made his big-screen debut alongside Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. He was best known for his role in the silent film ‘The Artist’. Uggie also appeared in famous films such as ‘Water for Elephants’ and ‘The Campaign’. But before he got there, the superstar dog was abandoned by his owners and then taken in by Muller.
Uggie was such a good actor that they hardly needed to use his two stunt doubles. During the Oscar ceremony, he signed his presence next to the actor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, who didn’t miss out on winning the gold. In addition to this memorable distinction, Uggie has had many successes. He was honored at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival with the Palm Dog Award.