It’s Oscar time again! As you may recall, last year my colleague Otis and I teamed up for a special blog about the canine world’s top Oscar picks. I am sorry to say that Otis, a black Newfoundland, had declined to participate in the Oscars this year, joining many who are staying away because of the lack of diversity among the Oscar nominees. I respect and support Otis’s decision in this matter and hope that next year there he will enthusiastically join me again. Otis did ask that I convey his sincerest best wishes to this year’s host, Chris Rockweiler.
As I noted last year, we dogs are typically not allowed in movie theatersor on the “Red Carpet”. Yet we persevere and use our innate investigative skills to obtain needed information. Thus, my Oscar picks are based on what information I have been able to sniff out through the public sources available to me.
There were many fine performances among those nominated for best actor this year, including the favored nominee Leonardo di-Corgi-o. I simply cannot support this candidate as I hear his movie portrayed many casualties to the animal world. I am also intrigued by the nomination of Eddie Red-mange in the “Great Dane-ish Girl”. Is this movie about a human who really wants to be a big dog? My pick is Matt Dalmation for his role as a stranded astronaut. Next time he goes into space, he should bring a dog with him and maybe it will be easier to find his way home.
The best actress category is also full of excellent performances. The favorite nominee may be Bri-ard Larson in “Room”, but another talented actress is Char Pei Rampling for her performance in “45 Years”. Is this dog years or human years? My pick is the talented Cate Basset, who has won many awards, including the Oscar for her terrific performance in “Shih Tzu Jasmine”.
There are also many talented stars in the best supporting categories. Among the males, the standouts are Christian Aierbale, Mark Ruff Ruff-alo and Sylvester Sta-bone. Although Sylvester is the name of a popular cat, I still hope that Mr. Sta-bone will get the award for his performance in “Breed”, a movie about a boxer.
One of the favorite nominees for the best supporting actress is Kate Whippet in the movie “Steve Jobs”. It takes a great actress to succeed in a movie that is only about apples, right? Alicia Vik-Cairn Terrier was nominated for her excellent performance in the “Great Dane-ish Girl”. My pick? Jennifer Jason Col-lie in the “The Hateful Crate”. I am a staunch opponent to crate training. How can I protect the premises if I am locked up?
And now the moment you have all been waiting for: Harley’s Best Picture Pick. Although all of the eight nominated movies have received much favorable press, three stand out for me. There is “The Big Short-haired Pointer”. I am glad to see there is a movie about a dog that takes on Wall Street and wins. Then there is “Mad Max: Furry Road”. I am not sure what this movie is about, but I like its name. “Max” is the name of many of my canine colleagues. My pick is “Spot-light”, which I assume is a movie about a dog named Spot who has lost a lot of weight. I applaud the movie industry for recognizing the health and fitness goals of members of my species.
As a dog of a certain age, I would like to close this year’s blog with a special tribute to the seasoned actors and actresses who are still living and who have won at least three Oscars. They include the iconic Meryl Sheepdog, Jack Russell Nicholson and Spaniel Day Lewis. They prove time and time again that old dogs are still full of new tricks!
Otis, I hope you will join me next year!
Your best friend,
 Thankfully, my service dog colleagues are allowed to accompany their human partners into theatres. That’s a little progress!
 Some of us are not allowed on any carpets!
 My record from last year was not good: I did not pick a single winner. Do I detect a whiff of anti-canine bias in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences?
 You might be thinking: “What about the Wolf of Wall Street”? Please! Not my species!
 Cat Hepburn won four Oscars, but I am not including feline winners.