After Golden Globe success, bookies tip The Artist for ‘Best Picture’ award at The Oscars

by Lisa McGarry

Paddy Power have today shortened the odds on Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘The Artist’ claiming this years Oscar for Best Picture to 4/11 following last nights Golden Globe Awards. The silent French romance film is now the firm favourite for the gong with comedy-drama ‘The Descendants’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ its closest rivals at 4/1 and 9/1 respectively.

‘The Artist’ is also favoured to come out on top in the Best Director category with Michael Hazanavicius available at 8/11. Martin Scorsese (Hugo) leads the chasing pack at 5/2 with Alexander Payne (The Descendants) and Steven Spielberg (War Horse) available at 11/2 and 7/1.

Elsewhere, George Clooney is the 8/15 favourite in the Best Actor category for his role as Matt King in ‘The Descendants’, while Meryl Streep is the 4/9 favourite to claim the Best Actress prize for her turn as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’.

Paddy Power said: “With the Golden Globes now done and dusted all the attention will turn to the Oscars. Right now there’s a clear favourite in every category but it wouldn’t be an Oscar night without a few surprises!”

Best Picture
4/11 The Artist
4/1 The Descendants
9/1 War Horse
10/1 Hugo
20/1 J. Edgar
20/1 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
25/1 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
25/1 The Help
33/1 Moneyball
40/1 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
50/1 The Tree Of Life
50/1 Drive
50/1 The Iron Lady
50/1 Shame
50/1 A Dangerous Method
66/1 The Ides Of March
66/1 My Week With Marilyn
80/1 Carnage
80/1 We Need To Talk About Kevin
100/1 Contagion
100/1 We Bought A Zoo

Best Director
8/11 Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
5/2 Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
11/2 Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
7/1 Steven Spielberg (War Horse)
14/1 Clint Eastwood (J Edgar)
14/1 Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close)
16/1 Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)
18/1 David Fincher (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
20/1 David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method)
20/1 Terrence Malick (The Tree Of Life)
25/1 Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)
25/1 Steve McQueen (Shame)
33/1 Nicolas Refn (Drive)
33/1 George Clooney (The Ides Of March)
40/1 Bennett Miller (Moneyball)

Best Actor
8/15 George Clooney (The Descendants)
2/1 Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
11/2 Leonardo Di Caprio (J Edgar)
10/1 Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
16/1 Michael Fassbender (Shame)
16/1 Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)
25/1 Woody Harrelson (Rampart)
33/1 Sean Penn (The Tree Of Life)
33/1 Tom Hardy (Warrior)
33/1 Jeremy Irvine (War Horse)
33/1 Ryan Gosling (The Ides Of March)
40/1 Joseph Gordon Levitt (50/50)
50/1 Matt Damon (We Bought A Zoo)

Best Actress
4/9 Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
4/1 Viola Davis (The Help)
9/2 Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
12/1 Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
20/1 Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
20/1 Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin)
40/1 Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
40/1 Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
40/1 Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur)
40/1 Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
40/1 Jodie Foster (Carnage)
50/1 Felicity Jones (Like Crazy)
50/1 Kiera Knightley (A Dangerous Method)