Showbusiness Specials Betting Oscars / Film Awards By Joe Crilly

Redmayne Nailed On For Best Actor…Closest Best Picture Race In 10 Years!

Following on from his somewhat predictable BAFTA win, Eddie Redmayne is the 1/3 favourite to scoop the Oscar for Best actor according to bookmaker, William Hill. It has been a remarkable few months for the British actor, whose odds of winning the gong at Christmas were still as long as 11/8 behind the 4/6 favourite, Michael Keaton.


“Eddie has had plenty of time to perfect the winner’s speech that seems almost inevitable now,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “We cannot see anyone clawing back the deficit now.”


It looks as though the rest of the awards will be spread between a number of different films with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu favourite to scoop the best director gong for Birdman, Julianne Moore favourite for best actress for Still Alice and Birdman favourite for the Best Picture – but only just.


Birdman just about has the upper hand in the Best Picture category over Boyhood, but not since Crash vs Brokeback Mountain has there been a race this tight for the biggest prize of the night,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Best picture: 4/6 Birdman; 6/5 Boyhood; 40/1 American Sniper; 40/1 The Grand Budapest Hotel; 40/1 The Imitation Game; 100/1 Selma; 100/1 The Theory of Everything; 100/1 Whiplash


Best actor: 1/3 Eddie Redmayne; 9/4 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: 4/6 Aleandro Gonzalez Inarritu; 11/10 Richard Linklater; 40/1 Wes Anderson; 50/1 Bennett Miller; 50/1 Morten Tyldum


Best supporting actor: 1/33 JK Simmons; 14/1 Edward Norton; 20/1 Mark Ruffalo; 40/1 Ethan Hawke; 50/1 Robert Duvall


Best supporting actress: 1/50 Patricia Arquette; 20/1 Emma Stone; 33/1 Keira Knightly; 40/1 Laura Dern; 40/1 Meryl Streep