Border Collie Named Messi Steals Spotlight at Oscars Ceremony & Makes Headlines for Playful Feud with Matt Damon

News - 12 March 2024

The border collie named Messi stole the spotlight at the Oscars ceremony, garnering extra attention throughout the evening. The canine even made headlines by relieving himself on Matt Damon's Hollywood star, a move that was part of Jimmy Kimmel's team's playful feud with the actor. While Messi cannot win an Oscar for his role in film, he has certainly made a name for himself in the industry.

At seven years old, Messi is no stranger to awards, having previously won the unofficial Palm Dog at the Cannes Festival. His standout performance as a guide dog in the film Anatomy of a Fall earned him critical acclaim. In a pivotal scene where Messi's character is poisoned, his trainer, Laura Martin Contini, revealed the behind-the-scenes work that went into perfecting the moment.

Contini explained, "I worked with him when he was tired to get that specific look with his tongue hanging out. It was a lot of work, but Messi was up for the challenge." The border collie's ability to convey emotion and capture the audience's attention from his perspective made him a favorite on set.

With 22 days of filming dedicated to scenes featuring Messi, the team ensured he had plenty of time to shine.His trainer praised his intelligence and quick learning abilities, stating, "Messi is the best dog to work with. He picks up on cues easily and brings a sense of playfulness to the set.

" The Hollywood Reporter's YouTube video offers a glimpse into the making of the film and Messi's impressive acting skills.While he may not be able to accept an Oscar himself, Messi's impact on the film industry is undeniable. His unique perspective and natural talent have earned him a special place in the hearts of audiences and filmmakers alike.

As he continues to captivate audiences with his on-screen presence, it's clear that Messi is a truly remarkable movie star in his own right.