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Oscar Winning Movies that Feature Pets

Melvin & Verdell in As Good as it Gets

Today is the biggest day in film – the Academy Awards! I thought we should celebrate by recognizing some of the Oscar winning movies that feature pets. Because really, aren’t they always the stars of the show?

Ratatouille
Won Best Animated Feature Film in 2008
Ratatouille tells the story of a Paris rat named Remy whose biggest passion in life is food. Remy is a master chef and can create mouth-watering gourmet food. But because he is a rat, he can’t fulfil his passion. Then he meets Linguini, a new hire at a local restaurant. Remy and Linguini form a bond and find out that Remy can control Linguini and together they create an amazing menu for the restaurant.

Finding Nemo
Won Best Animated Feature Film in 2004
Nemo is a young clownfish who is stolen from his underwater home and transported far away to Australia. Nemo’s father takes off on an adventure to find his son. In the process has quite the adventure, including befriending a memory-challenged Regal Blue Tang Fish and outwitting a few sharks.

As Good as it Gets
Jack Nicholson Won Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1998
Jack Nicholson’s character, Melvin, is a selfish, unfriendly, unlikeable man who is forced to take in his neighbor’s dog (Verdell) when the neighbor is sent to the hospital. At first Melvin dispises Verdell, but like all dogs tend to do, Verdell wears Melvin down and they end up forming a deep bond.

Ghost
Whoopi Goldberg Won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1991
One of the most memorable scenes in this movie is when Molly (played by Demi Moore) is visited by the ghost of her deceased husband, Sam (played by Patrick Swayze). When an intruder sneaks into the house while his wife is there, Sam must stop him. Unable to make physical contact himself, Sam spooks the family cat to send it flying at the intruder, claws first.

What are you favorite Oscar-winning pets?

About Heather @FamilyAndFur

Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue. Google+

2 Responses to Oscar Winning Movies that Feature Pets

  1. Tammy says:

    I loved As Good As It Gets! Cutest dog ever… I had a cat that I named Melvin. He was a feral stray that decided to let me feed it :) He didn’t like to be touched, and I thought of the character Melvin from the movie. It fit him well!

  2. Heather says:

    @Tammy That is the perfect name for a cat like that! That is a great movie. That dog was just precious!

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