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Bookies announce Oscar odds

16/12/2010
Yesterday was a big day in Hollywood, as the nominations for the Academy Awards were announced. It was also the beginning of an exciting time for bookmakers, as they have been laying odds on who the big winners will be.

William Hill have tipped David Fincher’s The Social Network to win the Oscar for Best Picture with odds of 8/15, with Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech as a firm second favourite at 5/2.

William Hill spokesperson Joe Crilly is expecting the film to do well: “Biographical films have featured heavily in recent years in the nominations, falling short at the final hurdle, however, there is a real chance that The Social Network or The King’s Speech could walk away with the big prize this year,” he said.

For those who enjoy outside bets, Ryan Gosling is placed at 20/1 for Best Actor with his role in Blue Valentine, with his co-star Michelle Williams at 16/1 for the Best Actress title.

The odds are also promising for Britain to bag some awards, as Colin Firth is the firm favourite to win best actor for his role as King George VI in The King’s Speech at 1/3; other Hollywood stars that stand a chance of making Britain proud on the night are Helena Bonham-Carter, Christopher Nolan, Tom Hooper and Danny Boyle.

Maria Pierides
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