Furry friends have been stealing scenes in 2018, now they are even generating their own Oscars buzz
From Dogs – a new Netflix series about our relationships with canines – to Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs via Italy’s Oscar-nominated drama Dogman, shaggy-dog stories have been inescapable on-screen in 2018. And, accordingly, pooch-themed fandom seems to have soared, too. Take Olivia the dog, the adorable westie that Viola Davis cradles in between dalliances with the criminal underworld in Steve McQueen’s thriller Widows, and who has spawned countless memes about her illegibility for the Oscars. Since the film’s release, Olivia has been identified as the same dog from the Jason Bateman-starring black comedy Game Night, released in March, sending the internet into meltdown (“Is This the Hardest Working Dog in Show Business?”, asked New York magazine’s site Vulture, while Jezebel termed Olivia “2018’s breakout star”).
Olivia’s popularity puts her on a par with another much-feted dog, Bradley Cooper’s pet Charlie, who starred alongside the actor and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born this year and spawned effusive headlines such as CNN’s “You’re not the only one still thinking about the dog from A Star Is Born”. Perhaps capitalising on the labradoodle’s success, Peta gave Cooper an award for compassion in film for using his own dog on set. Charlie wasn’t forgotten by the fans, either: they noted that he should, by rights, get his own golden statuette.
Dogstars … is it time canine actors had their own Academy Award?