uggie the dog gi Uggie the dog rehearsing Oscar skit with Billy CrystalSome consider French actor Jean Dujardin the breakout star of “The Artist” — the black and white silent film that is pretty much crushing the competition this awards season.

Others, perhaps others writing this very blog post, would argue that the movie’s most recognizable star is actually Uggie the Dog, the Jack Russell terrier who completely held his own alongside Dujardin and even stole a few scenes himself.

Now Uggie is apparently rehearsing a skit with Oscars host Billy Crystal to air during the Academy Awards broadcast, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Sadly, it may be Uggie’s swan song. As we reported last week, Uggie is officially retiring this year an his brother Dash will be taking over. Uggie is also nominated for two Golden Collar awards for his work in “The Artist” and “Water for Elephants.” He’s considered the frontrunner, although “Hugo” director Martin Scorsese is doing his best to break Uggie’s lock by pushing his own canine star, Blackie the doberman.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson