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All bets are on ahead of the Oscars

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:29

Jan. 21 - Bookmakers reveal the actors and films in the lead to take home an Academy Award. Alicia Powell reports.

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All bets are on "12 Years A Slave". William Hill bookmakers gave the Steve McQueen movie odds of 2/7 to win best film at the Oscars. Despite being the firm favorite the bookmaker reports 90 percent of bets being placed in the UK are actually on "American Hustle". However, William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams says it's likely the slave drama will appeal more to the Academy. SOUNDBITE: Rupert Adams, William Hill spokesman, saying (English): "The reality is, is if you look historically at what the Academy like it really does tick all the boxes. It is not necessarily the most enjoyable sit-down viewing, but it is incredible, brilliant cinematography, it is a great story, there are some great performances, you know, it does tick all the boxes." Chiwetel Ejiofor's performance in "12 Years A Slave" earns him top odds for winning Best Actor - he currently stands at 8/13. But Matthew McConaughey's performance in "The Dallas Buyers Club" could see him sneak ahead on the night with 7/4 odds. In the best actress category bookies predict Cate Blanchett will easily walk away with the prize. SOUNDBITE: Rupert Adams, William Hill spokesman, saying (English): "Everything suggests so far in award season, that she is going to win and it looks like free money. I mean, you can put 80 pounds on, win a tenner, it is free money. So I expect that to be really, really popular." Jared Leto is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actor for his role in the "Dallas Buyers Club" and Lupita Nyong'o is the bookies' choice for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "12 Years A Slave". The Academy Awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on March 2.

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All bets are on ahead of the Oscars

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:29