Argo is cementing itself as the red hot favourite to deliver success at the Oscars and is now offered at 1/7 from an original 5/1 when the betting opened, to become one of the biggest turnarounds this millennium. William Hill can also report considerable support for Emannuelle Riva to win the Best Actress award and she is currently 9/4 second favourite having been a double figure price in early January.
Christoph Waltz has had a mixed awards season but has been backed all week for the Best Supporting Actor (6/4) and is hot on the heels of Tommy Lee Jones who is offered at 6/5.
Adele is looking good for the Best Original Song Oscar at 1/10 although her performance may be overshadowed by a Bond or two failing to make it onto stage (3/1 all six appear) and it is 5/1 that Adele makes her baby blush by swearing in her acceptance speech!
“In the past the betting has proved a very good indicator for where the awards are heading and the late moves have been for Argo, Emannuelle Riva & Christoph Waltz all of whom have to have a great chance!” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
Best Picture: 1/7 Argo, 11/2 Lincoln, 40/1 Silver Linings Playbook, 50/1 Les Miserables, 50/1 Life of Pi, 100/1 Amour, 100/1 Beasts of the Southern Wild, 100/1 Django Unchained, 100/1 Zero Dark Thirty.
Best Director: 1/4 Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), 7/2 Ang Lee (Life of Pi) , 14/1 Michael Haneke (Amour), 16/1 David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), 66/1 Benh Zeitlin (Beasts Of Southern Wild).
Best Actor: 1/50 Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), 16/1 Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), 33/1 Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), 40/1 Denzel Washington (Flight), 50/1 Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook).
Best Actress: 4/7 Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), 9/4 Emannuelle Riva (Amour), 5/1 Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), 33/1 Naomi Watts (The Impossible), 50/1 Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild).
Best Supporting Actor: 6/5 Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), 6/4 Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), 11/2 Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook), 7/1 Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master),
33/1 Alan Arkin (Argo).
Best Supporting Actress: 1/50 Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), 25/1 Helen Hunt (The Sessions), 25/1 Sally Field (Lincoln), 33/1 Amy Adams (The Master), 66/1 Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook).
Best Original Song: 1/10 Skyfall, 6/1 Les Miserables, 33/1 Chasing Ice, 33/1 Life of Pi, 50/1 Ted.