By Caryn James | James on Screens February 23, 2012 at 9:30AM
Predicting the Oscars while sitting in New York is possible, but probably not the best way to guess – it’s like covering the Republican primaries through the media without ever setting foot in a caucus state. You can do it, but someone who has more contact with the locals may have an edge. So we might as well trust Uggie’s Oscar predictions. That silent-film but surely French-accented dog from The Artist has gone Hollywood for awards season, and has been predicting the Oscars every night this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Uggie picks up the tradition from last year’s Oscar expert, Heidi the Cross-Eyed Possum, whom Kimmel sadly told us on Monday has passed on. I miss Heidi; a cross-eyed possum was just right for the Oscars somehow. And I hope she's included in this year's In Memorium roundup of Best Dead People; she served the Academy, too .
But I can’t argue with Uggie’s choices. Take a look at his pick for Best Actress (and take heart, all of you who can’t choose between Meryl Streep and Viola Davis.)
And of you missed it on Monday, here’s his very perspicacious pick for Best Actor.
UPDATE: And here is Uggie's final prediction, Best Picture. (Notice how ve-e-ery far away the posters for Midnight in Paris and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are; Uggie got a little help here).