He’s the toast of this year’s award season! Uggie, the Jack Russell star of this year’s Academy Award-winning silent film The Artist, will walk the red carpet and serve as a presenter at the only major award show where animals take center stage–The Humane Society of the United States’ 26th Genesis Awards. The event airs on Animal Planet on May 5, with an encore presentation on May 6.
Honoring the news and entertainment media for their outstanding portrayals of animal protection issues, the event takes place on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. It will give Uggie the opportunity to rub shoulders (and paws) with celebrity animal advocates and to “speak out” on behalf of his fellow creatures.
Uggie will join host Carrie Ann Inaba and fellow Genesis Award presenters, awardees, and attendees including Ian Somerhalder, Colbie Caillat, Kaley Cuoco, Bill Maher, Ke$ha, Jason Ritter, Sophia Bush, Derek Hough, Jon Bernthal, Pauley Perrette, Rose McGowan, and Penelope Ann Miller, one of his co-stars from The Artist, at the only Hollywood award show that puts animals and animal protection concerns front and center.
Although a major international star who has joined the ranks of other canine movie icons such as Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, and Benji, Uggie will have to content himself with presenting an award and not receiving one for his “acting in The Artist.
The Genesis Awards are about honoring the animal protection message, not the performance, but if we had an award for a dog who¹s become a poster animal for people not giving up on their unruly companion animals, we’d give it to Uggie now, there¹s a thought!” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards.
For a complete list of nominees and ticket information, visit humanesociety.org/genesis. Follow The Genesis Awards on Twitter #genesisawards.
The 26th Genesis Awards is sponsored in part by your friends at TAILS, so be sure to watch!