Uggie Takes Home Top Prize at Pawscars

Uggie the dog

Janet Gough/Celebrity

updated 02/10/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 02/10/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET

Who needs an Oscar? Not Uggie!

Though the 10-year-old star of The Artist is slated to perform at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, he’s one step ahead of his costars and crew. On Thursday, the American Humane Association gave the Jack Russell terrier the Pawscar for Best Scene Stealer.

Given out each year in recognition of the year’s best animal performances and the proper treatment of animals on movie sets, the Pawscars also recognized War Horse and its equine stars for utilizing movie magic to simulate an endangered animal without hurting the creature, and the Adam Sandler comedy Jack & Jill for recreating the sight of a cockatoo in a chocolate fountain via green screen and computer imaging.