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The Social Network hotly tipped for Oscar glory

18/1/2011
Due to the phenomenal success of The Social Network at the Golden Globes, bookmakers have been forced to shorten the odds for the film winning a gong at the Academy Awards, set to take place in February. The Golden Globes are seen as a good indicator for the direction that Oscar results will go in, which is why bookies have altered the odds accordingly.

Although the Oscars tend to present at least one shock award on the night, bookies feel that The Social Network leaving the ceremony with no awards would be the biggest shock of all, as the odds for it receiving no awards are 40/1. Paddy Power are confident the film will secure at least one Oscar, and have named given it odds of 2/1 to receive 5-6 golden statues.

Paddy Power spokesperson Sharon McHugh said: “The Social Network is well and truly back in the driving seat after dominating the Golden Globes, but it’s worth remembering that the Oscars are never straight forward and movie fans are always guaranteed at least one shock winner on the night.”

Colin Firth, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of King George VI in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, is hot favourite to walk away with the same award at the Oscars, with odds of just 1/16. But as past Oscar experience has shown, anything can happen on the night!

Maria Pierides
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