Oscars: what the BAFTAs taught us & who's favs now?
There were a couple of surprises at Sunday night's BAFTAs in the supporting actor and actress categories which have caused William Hill to change their odds slightly as to who will scoop the awards at the Oscars Ceremony on the second of March.
Barkhad Abdi may have scooped the best supporting actor role however he did not have to defeat Oscars red hot favourite, Jared Leto, who is 1/10 for the gong, while in the best actor category, Chiwetel Ejiofor won the BAFTA having been 1/10 although he did not come up against Leto's Dallas Buyers Club co-star, Matthew McConaughey who is 1/4 for best actor.
Jennifer Lawrence beat Lupita Nyong'o to the best supporting actress crown and she is now 5/4 (in from 5/2) to win the Oscar for her role in American Hustle although she remains behind Nyong'o who is 4/7 for the title.
12 Years A Slave scooped best picture at the BAFTAs and is 2/9 to do so again on March 2nd, while Gravity, whose win in best British film caused some consternation, is the 9/2 second favourite.
"The BAFTAs have shown us a few things heading into the Oscars, namely that 12 Years now looks unbeatable for best picture while the race for best supporting actress is a lot closer than we think," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
"We were, however, unable to set a benchmark in both the actors categories due to the absence of both McConaughey and Jared Leto, but the smart money suggests that despite the BAFTAs snub, they will be taking home the Oscars in March."
William Hill odds:
Best picture: 2/9 12 Years A Slave; 9/2 Gravity; 12/1 The Dallas Buyers Club; 14/1 American Hustle; 50/1 The Wolf Of Wall Street; 100/1 Philomena; 200/1 Captain Phillips; 200/1 Her; 200/1 Nebraska
Best Actor: 1/4 Matthew McConaughey; 9/2 Leonardo Di Caprio; 6/1 Chiwetel Ejiofor; 40/1 Bruce Dern; 66/1 Christian Bale
Best Actress: 1/33 Cate Blanchett; 14/1 Amy Adams; 14/1 Sandra Bullock; 33/1 Judi Dench; 66/1 Meryl Streep
Best Director: 1/20 Alfonso Cuaron; 8/1 Steve McQueen; 33/1 David O Russell; 50/1 Martin Scorcese; 100/1 Alexander Payne]
Best supporting actor: 1/10 Jared Leto; 8/1 Michael Fassbender; 12/1 Barhad Abdi; 40/1 Jonah Hill; 50/1 Bradley Cooper
Best supporting actress: 4/7 Lupita Nyong'o; 5/4 Jennifer Lawrence; 40/1 Julia Roberts; 40/1 June Squibb; 40/1 Sally Hawkins