19/01/2012 07:21 GMT

The Artist: Uggie The Dog Up For Two Golden Collar Awards (VIDEO)

He's trained to play dead to the gesture of a gun shot, he's perfected coy and cute to the bone, and he stands up impeccably next to The Artist's leading couple Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo. Now Uggie the dog has received his own award nods.

Silent film The Artist is leading the way so far in this year's film awards. Already the proud owner of three Golden Globes, this week it added 12 BAFTA nominations to its credits and, if media and industry buzz is any indicator, French director Michel Hazanavicius' film is gathering some serious award-season momentum as a favourite for best picture at the 84th annual Oscar ceremony on 26 February.

Not to be forgotten, Uggie is looking to get his own slice of gong action with two nominations at the first Golden Collar Awards. He is nominated twice in the category of Best Canine in a Theatrical Film - for his scene-stealing turn in The Artist, as well as his performance as Queenie in Water For Elephants.

Silver-screen longevity could also be on the cards for Uggie as, according to The Mirror, animal lover Simon Cowell is in talks to make the scene-stealing Jack Russell his latest signing.

Watch Uggie in action in the video above.