Team Uggie! As those who have seen 'The Artist' already know, the silent film from director Michel Hazanavicius achieves many seemingly impossible goals -- like making a silent film relevant and enjoyable to 2011 tastes and sensibilities -- though perhaps none greater than Uggie. Whereas most films use animals as a schmaltzy crutch or cheap joke, Uggie the dog is central to the rise and fall of George Valentin, the silent film star in 'The Artist' who gets pushed aside when talkies become en vogue. "I think this character, Uggie, is very important," said Hazanavicius, earnestly, to Moviefone during a recent intervew. "He's the only other character that doesn't speak, because he's a dog. But, it's his best friend. I think it's really on a deep level, but I think it makes sense." It does! Uggie -- like Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo -- is wonderful! So: where's the awards buzz?