Director Martin Scorsese has successfully managed to score the canine star of his movie Hugo a nomination for a Golden Collar Award.
The filmmaker was disappointed to learn Blackie the Doberman had failed to secure a nod for "Best Dog In A Theatrical Film" at the annual prizegiving, which recognizes the most talented pooches in Hollywood.
Scorsese wrote an open letter to the Los Angeles Times complaining about Blackie's snub, insisting his furry friend was just as deserving for a nomination as Uggie the Jack Russell, who has been recognized twice for his work in "The Artist" and "Water for Elephants."
Organizers at the Dog News Daily agreed to include Blackie in the category if 500 public nominations were received via Facebook, and fans flocked to the social networking website to rally support for the Doberman.
Dog News Daily boss Alan Siskind has now relented, saying, "Due to the outpouring of love and support from around the world from fans of Mr. Scorsese, his film 'Hugo' and its canine star Blackie, the write-in campaign... has been successful.
"Blackie's name has been added to the Best Dog in a Theatrical Film category as the sixth and final nominee in that category."
Also competing for Top Dog are: Cosmo from Ewan McGregor's drama "Beginners," Denver of the comedy "50/50," and "Young Adult" star Hummer.
The inaugural Golden Collar Awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 13, two weeks before the Oscars.