Jimmy Kimmel Pays Tribute to Messi, the Canine Star of “Anatomy of a Fall,” at Oscars 2024

In the glitzy world of Hollywood’s biggest night, where stars shine and accolades abound, one unlikely performer stole the spotlight at the 96th Academy Awards. Jimmy Kimmel, renowned for his wit and charm, turned his attention to an unexpected star of the silver screen: Messi, the canine sensation from “Anatomy of a Fall.”

Directed by Justine Triet, “Anatomy of a Fall” captured hearts and minds with its compelling narrative and standout performances. While the film earned nominations in multiple categories, Messi’s portrayal of Snoop, the loyal family dog entangled in a gripping courtroom drama, truly captured the imaginations of audiences worldwide.

Messi’s performance resonated deeply with viewers despite his canine status, prompting Jimmy Kimmel to give credit where credit is due during his opening monologue at the Oscars. With a playful nod to Robert Downey Jr.’s less-than-stellar role choices, Kimmel humorously suggested Messi as the perfect replacement for the actor in a hypothetical remake of “The Shaggy Dog.”

As the camera panned to Messi seated among the glamorous audience, Kimmel praised the talented pooch, hailing his performance in “Anatomy of a Fall” as “the performance of the year.” Drawing laughs from the audience, Kimmel highlighted Messi’s unforgettable scene, jokingly comparing it to the antics of French acting legend Gérard Depardieu.

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While “Anatomy of a Fall” may have missed out on recognizing Messi’s contribution with a nomination, the film itself garnered critical acclaim and accolades. Despite the absence of formal recognition, Messi’s journey from the Cannes Film Festival, where he won the prestigious Palm Dog Award, to the Oscars stage is a testament to his enduring popularity and widespread appeal.

Behind Messi’s on-screen charisma lies the dedication and expertise of his trainer, Laura Martin Contini, who emphasized the rigorous training required for even the simplest actions. From navigating complex scenes to mastering his role as a guide dog, Messi’s performance is a testament to the power of skilful training and the bond between humans and animals.

As the Oscars unfolded, Kimmel and Messi shared a lighthearted moment during a practice run of jokes, showcasing their undeniable chemistry and camaraderie. While the night may have belonged to Hollywood’s elite, Messi’s presence served as a reminder of the magic that can be found in unexpected places.

As the credits rolled and the curtain fell on another unforgettable Oscars night, Messi’s paw print on Hollywood’s illustrious stage will be remembered for years to come.

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