Showbusiness Specials Betting Oscars / Film Awards By Joe Crilly

Eddie Redmayne Is Best Backed By Far To Scoop An Oscar!

William Hill have once again cut the odds of Birdman to win the Oscar for Best Picture from 10/11 to 8/13 as Boyhood continues to drift in the betting. Just over a week ago, it was the ambitious Boyhood that was heading the betting, however, after the Director’s Guild Awards, the Michael Keaton fronted movie raced to the head of the betting.

British hopeful, Eddie Redmayne, is looking more and more like a sure fire winner for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Not only is he a 2/7 shot to scoop the award but he has been the best backed of any selection across every category for this year’s awards. 25% of all Oscar wagers have been for him and he is miles ahead of the second best backed – Michael Keaton with 15% of all wagers. It the movie, Boyhood, that is the third best backed of this year’s Oscar hopeful with 13% of all wagers on the awards.

“Redmayne has proved popular with critics and punters alike and he seems a sure fire winner despite the fact that Keaton was the favourite when we first started taking wagers on the Oscars,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette are this year’s Helen Mirren or Colin Firth with them 1/50, 1/50 and 1/66 to win their respective categories.  

The UK are the biggest Oscar bettors followed by punters in Italy, Czech Republic and Canada.

Top 10 best backed Oscar hopefuls with William Hill:

25%        Eddie Redmayne(Best Actor)
15%        Michael Keaton (Best Actor)
13%        Boyhood (Best Picture)
7%          Birdman (Best Picture)
5%          Richard Linklater (Best Director)
5%          Unbroken (Best picture)
4%          Interstellar (Best Picture)
4%          Julianne Moore (Best Actress)
4%          The Grand Budapest Hotel (Best Picture)
2%          Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Best Director)

William Hill Oscars odds:

Best Picture: 8/13 Birdman; 5/4 Boyhood; 40/1 American Sniper; 40/1 The Grand Budapest Hotel; 40/1 The Imitation Game; 50/1 The Theory of Everything; 100/1 Whiplash; 125/1 Selma

Best actor: 2/7 Eddie Redmayne; 5/2 Michael Keaton; 25/1 Bradley Cooper; 40/1 Benedict Cumberbatch; 100/1 Steve Carell

Best actress: 1/50 Julianne Moore; 16/1 Reese Witherspoon; 25/1 Rosamund Pike; 40/1 Felicity Jones; 50/1 Marion Cotillard

Best director: 8/13Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; 6/5 Richard Linklater; 40/1 Wes Anderson; 50/1 Bennett Miller; 66/1 Morten Tyldum

Best supporting actor: 1/50 JK Simmons; 14/1 Edward Norton; 20/1 Mark Ruffalo; 40/1 Ethan Hawke; 50/1 Robert Duvall

Best supporting actress: 1/66 Patricia Arquette; 25/1 Emma Stone; 33/1 Keira Knightley; 33/1 Laura Dern; 40/1 Meryl Streep

Best foreign language film: 4/9 Ida; 7/4 Leviathan; 11/1 Wild Tales; 22/1 Timbuktu; 33/1 Tangerines

Best original screenplay: 8/11 The Grand Budapest Hotel; Evens Birdman; 10/1 Boyhood; 50/1 Nightcrawler; 50/1 Foxcatcher

Best visual effects: 1/4 Intertellar; 3/1 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; 13/2 Guardians of the Galaxy; 40/1 X-Men: Days of Future Past; 40/1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Best Adapted Screenplay: 4/11 The Imitation Game; 10/3 Whiplash; 9/1 The Theory of Everything; 20/1 American Sniper; 33/1 Inherent Vice

Best documentary: 1/6 Citizenfour; 7/2 Virunga; 14/1 Finding Vivian Maier; 22/1 Last Days In Vietnam; 28/1 The Salt Of The Earth

Best Cinematography: 2/7 Birdman; 3/1 The Grand Budapest Hotel; 11/1 Unbroken; 12/1 Ida; 22/1 Mr Turner

Best film editing: 1/2 Boyhood; 2/1 Whiplash; 8/1 American Sniper; 16/1 The Imitation Game; 16/1 The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Score: 4/7 The Theory of Everything; 11/8 The Grand Budapest Hotel; 9/1 The Imitation Game; 12/1 Interstellar; 50/1 Mr Turner

Best costume design: 1/10 Grand Budapest Hotel; 5/1 Into The Woods; 12/1 Maleficent; 22/1 Mr Turner; 33/1 Inherant Vice

Best makeup and hairstyling: 1/7 The Grand Budapest Hotel; 4/1 Guardians of the Galaxy; 8/1 Foxcatcher

Best Sound editing: 4/9 American Sniper; 2/1 Interstellar; 6/1 Birdman; 33/1 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies; 33/1 Unbroken

Best Sound mixing: 13/8 American Sniper; 9/4 Interstellar; 9/4 Whiplash; 4/1 Birdman; 50/1 Unbroken

Best Production design: 1/9 The Grand Budapest Hotel; 11/2 Into The Woods; 12/1 Mr Turner; 20/1 Interstellar; 25/1 The Imitation Game

Best animated short film: 1/4 Feast; 9/2 The Dam Keeper; 5/1 The Bigger Picture; 22/1 Me and my Moulton; 28/1 A Single Life

Best documentary short subject: 1/7 Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1; 5/1 Joanna; 10/1 Our Curse; 22/1 The Reaper; 22/1 White Earth

Best animated feature film: 2/7 How to Train Your Dragon; 5/2 Big Hero 6; 14/1 Song of the Sea; 14/1 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya; 22/1 The Boxtrolls