PRN: Flip-flopping Favourites in the Lead Acting Oscar Betting but 'The Artist' a Shoo-in to Make Silence Golden
Flip-flopping Favourites in the Lead Acting Oscar Betting but 'The Artist' a Shoo-in to Make Silence Golden
LONDON, February 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Leading online betting firm Sky Bet has updated its full list of Oscars betting markets ahead of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.
Black and white silent movie 'The Artist', which picked up the Producers Guild Award and also won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical, looks a shoo-in to win Best Picture at 8/1 ON, with the odds having been cut from a pre-Christmas 2/1.Â
The French tribute to the silent movie received ten Oscar nods, although it was beaten by Scorsese's 3D charmer 'Hugo' (25/1), which received 11 nominations.
'The Artist' dominates several other categories, with its helmsman Michel Hazanavicius, looking certain to win Best Director at odds of 1/10 after being hailed as outstanding director of the year at the Directors' Guild of America Awards last month.
The film's leading man Jean Dujardin shot to favouritism in the Oscars Best Actor betting after winning the BAFTA and now heads the betting at 8/11 (from 2/1). George Clooney was relegated to second favourite to take home the lead actor gong for his performance in comedy-drama 'The Descendants' and may now be backed at 11/10, having drifted from 2/5. Gary Oldmanis bidding for his first ever Oscar and is quoted at 20/1 to win for his performance in 'Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy'.
The lead in the Best Actress race has also changed over the past fortnight, with double Oscar winner and 17-time nominee, Meryl Streep, having been usurped at the top of the betting by 'The Help' star, Viola Davis. Davis is odds-on at 4/6 to prevent Streep (out to 11/10 from 1/2) claiming a third Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady'. It looks a two-horse race between Davis and Streep, with 'My Week with Marilyn' star, Michelle Williams, their nearest rival at 18/1.
Sky Bet's Oscars betting expert, Helen Jacob, said: "The Artist seems way ahead of its rivals in the race to win Best Picture and Director but the lead acting categories are closer, with the favourites having flip-flopped in recent weeks."
For Best Supporting Actor, Christopher Plummer ('Beginners') looks all but home and hosed at 1/33 and Octavia Spencer at 1/25 ('The Help') looks certain to land what could be the best actress double for 'The Help'.
Sky Bet is also offering a number of novelty special bets on the Oscars ceremony itself, which takes place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26th.
Veteran actress Meryl Streep accidentally swore onstage at the Globes and Sky Bet go 7/2 that the Oscars best actress winner turns the air blue again in her acceptance speech. It's even money that the best actress cries during her speech and 10/1 that any recipient's address consists of a single 'Thank you!'
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