Bookies predict that Jean Dujardin & The Artist will win big at The Oscars 2012

by Lisa McGarry

Paddy Power have today installed Jean Dujardin as the new 8/11 favourite for the ‘Best Actor’ Oscar after ‘The Artist’ star last night pipped George Clooney and Gary Oldman to the BAFTA equivalent. Clooney, who was at one stage as short as 1/3 for the gong, is now 11/10 for his role in ‘The Descendants’.

The odds would suggest that Oscar night will be a glory filled evening for ‘The Artist’ as the French romantic drama is as short as 1/10 for ‘Best Picture’ while director Michael Hazanavicius is 1/6 for ‘Best Director’.

Elsewhere, the ‘Best Actress’ category looks to be the most keenly contested award of the night with ‘The Help’ star Viola Davis the slight favourite at 4/5 closely followed by Meryl Streep who is at Evens for her BAFTA winning role in ‘The Iron Lady’.

Paddy Power said “With all the other awards ceremonies behind us the well worn eyes of the worlds movie buffs are looking towards The Oscars. There are some clear favourites in many of the categories, but it wouldn’t be an Oscar night without a few surprises.”

Best Picture
1/10 The Artist
9/1 The Descendants
16/1 Hugo
20/1 The Help
40/1 War Horse
66/1 The Tree Of Life
66/1 Moneyball
80/1 Midnight In Paris
100/1 Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close

Best Director
1/6 Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
5/1 Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
20/1 Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
25/1 Terrence Malick (The Tree Of Life)
40/1 Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)

Best Actor
8/11 Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
11/10 George Clooney (The Descendants)
20/1 Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)
25/1 Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
40/1 Demian Bichir (A Better Life)

Best Actress
4/5 Viola Davis (The Help)
Evens Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
16/1 Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
40/1 Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
50/1 Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)

Best Supporting Actor
1/50 Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
14/1 Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)
20/1 Max Von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)
40/1 Nick Nolte (Warrior)
66/1 Jonah Hill (Moneyball)

Best Supporting Actress
1/33 Octavia Spencer (The Help)
9/1 Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
20/1 Jessica Chastain (The Help)
40/1 Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
50/1 Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

Best Adapted Screenplay
2/5 The Descendants
4/1 Moneyball
6/1 Hugo
8/1 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
25/1 The Ides of March

Best Original Screenplay
4/11 Midnight In Paris
15/8 The Artist
33/1 Bridesmaids
33/1 Margin Call
33/1 A Separation

Best Animated Feature
1/10 Rango
8/1 Chico & Rita
12/1 A Cat in Paris
16/1 Puss in Boots
25/1 Kung Fu Panda 2

Best Cinematography
4/9 The Tree Of Life (Emmanuel Lubezki)
15/8 The Artist (Guillaume Schiffman)
6/1 Hugo (Robert Richardson)
25/1 War Horse (Janusz Kaminski)
50/1 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Jeff Cronenweth)

Best Film Editing
5/6 The Artist (Annie Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius)
5/4 Hugo (Thelma Schoonmaker)
9/1 Moneyball (Christopher Tellefsen)
9/1 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall)
20/1 The Descendants (Kevin Tent)

Best Art Direction
1/3 Hugo
6/1 The Artist
8/1 Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt 2
9/1 War Horse
12/1 Midnight In Paris

Best Foreign Language
1/14 A Separation
8/1 In Darkness
12/1 Footnote
16/1 Monsieur Lazhar
33/1 Bullhead

Best Costume Design
10/11 Hugo
5/4 The Artist
5/1 Jane Eyre
25/1 W.E.
25/1 Anonymous

Best Make Up
1/4 The Iron Lady
7/2 Harry Potter & The Deathy Hallows Pt 2
8/1 Albert Nobbs

Best Original Score
1/6 The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
5/1 War Horse (John Williams)
10/1 Hugo (Howard Stone)
16/1 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alberto Iglesias)
33/1 The Adventures Of Tin Tin (John Williams)

Best Actress Dress Designer
8/1 Yves Saint Laurent
10/1 Armani
10/1 Alberta Ferretti
10/1 Stella McCartney
10/1 Givenchy
10/1 Dior
10/1 Vivienne Westwood
12/1 Valentino
12/1 Lanvin
14/1 Balenciaga
14/1 Prada
16/1 Versace
16/1 Zac Posen
20/1 Donna Karan/DKNY
20/1 Badgley Mischka
20/1 Rodarte
20/1 Vera Wang
25/1 Elie Saab
25/1 Gucci
25/1 Jason Wu
25/1 Oscar De La Renta
33/1 Chanel
33/1 Marchesa
33/1 Chris March
40/1 Calvin Klein
40/1 Roberto Cavalli
40/1 Rogelio Velasco
40/1 Victoria Beckham
50/1 J.Mendel
50/1 Jenny Packham
250/1 K-Mart
300/1 Marks & Spencer
500/1 Florence & Fred
500/1 Savida