All eyes will be on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles this weekend for the 91st Academy Awards and we’ve picked out a 77/1 treble for punters to consider in our Oscars predictions.
Britain notched up six wins last year and we’re hoping a couple of our established actors will get the nod again this time around.
Best Actor: Christian Bale @ 4/1
Briton Bale has been recognised for his portrayal of controversial former US vice president Dick Cheney in Vice. He is already an Academy Award winner for 2010’s The Fighter and is up against firm favourite Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate and Viggo Mortensen in Green Book. With Donald Trump’s current reign causing a stir almost on a daily basis, politics is a hot topic and that may just tilt the Oscars odds in our selection’s favour.
Best Supporting Actor: Richard E Grant @ 10/1
Green Book’s Mahershala Ali is the market leader for this category but Grant is rated a value alternative in our Oscars betting tips. The 61-year-old has come to critical attention for his role as Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me? alongside Melissa McCarthy, who plays literary forger Lee Israel. The veteran performer said: “For a boy growing up in Swaziland, the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, becoming an actor seemed an impossible dream, let alone being nominated for an Oscar. Am literally levitating!!” Such charm could well see Grant grab a few floating votes.
Best Motion Picture: Roma @ 21/50
Alfonso Cuaron’s intimate family drama has been hailed as a masterpiece by critics and has been nominated for a haul of gongs. It is the 11th foreign language film to receive a best picture nomination and is fancied be the first to win. Filmed in black-and-white, with all the dialogue in Spanish, the movie is set in 1970s Mexico City and paints a portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amid political turmoil. Roma has made history as the first Netflix film to score a best picture nomination and that is the kind of statement move which catches our eye.
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