But the all-human categories are about to be tested by one pit bull in America who looks set to take home the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 2020 ceremony.
In a video shared on Twitter by user @Rashona, the unnamed dog is shown fainting as its owner reaches for the clippers, falling onto its back with its legs in the air. And it would have gotten away with it too, had it not been keeping its eyes open to check the stunt had received the desired effect…
Captioned ‘The Academy Award for best dramatic performance goes to ...’, the video was first posted on Reddit before spreading like wildfire across the Twitterverse and has gathered over 6 million views and 136,000 retweets in five days. Admiring fans have referred to the dog as a ‘drama queen’ and a ‘diva’.
Nevertheless, it’s safe to say viewers were united in their praise for the nameless and genderless dog’s acting talents. One person said: ‘There is no actor/actress who can rival this puppy’.
If true, it will be interesting to see how many film producers will all want a piece of this dog’s pure skills now that it’s out there for the world to appreciate. Like how everyone went mad for Christoph Waltz after Inglorious Basterds and Matthew McConaughey after Dallas Buyers Club. After all, even Docs Keepin Time was no one until she got her big break in Black Beauty (1994) …
The video has become one of the most viral ever released and has also inspired other dog owners to share their own experiences of their dogs doing their upmost to avoid having their nails clipped.
‘I had a greyhound who faked a limp on one leg forgot and switched to the other leg,’ said one person.
‘Our beagle has to be restrained and howls like he’s been shot before we even touch him,’ added another.
But it’s not just nail clippings that get the dogs anxious. One person shared a video of a bulldog at the pet grooming salon she works at pulling exactly the same stunt after he realises he’s about to be given a bath.
Having recently gotten a puppy myself, I’m looking forward to the hilarity that will undoubtedly ensue when he’s old enough to be funny. Right now all Ælfred, King of Cavalier Spaniels (and Wessex) wants to do is chew my slippers to death and urinate on the landing carpet in some strange bid for attention he already has.
He also tries to eat everything from rotten olives under the oven, rusty nails in the garden and next door’s cat’s faeces – none of which you would think are particularly tasty, but anything goes really.
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