The Oscars 2012

This entry was posted on Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Lights, Camera, Action. 

Awards ceremonies are like Arsenal cup exits – you wait ages for one, and then a whole bundle come along together. Following hot on the heels of the Baftas, Grammys and the Brits, now come the Oscars. Get the popcorn in, put on your best Barry Norman voice, and most crucially of all, make sure you’ve had a punt on these long-shots.

Best Director:

The upset of the night could come in the award for the Best Director, with reclusive eccentric Terence Malick being talked up by those in the know. Highly regarded by Tinseltown beard-strokers, Malick’s price has tumbled in the last week down from 140 to the current 21 that is available on Betfair.

Supporting Actor:

The best supporting categories are known to throw up fairly frequent upsets, most famously when Samuel L Jackson thought he had it in the bag for Pulp Fiction, before losing out to Martin Landau in 1994. Max von Sydow (also priced at 21 with the exchange) could make for a very interesting flutter this time around. He’s been around for ages, and, at 82, this could be the Academy’s last chance to give him an Oscar. They can be a sentimental old bunch, so he may yet topple the hot favourite Christopher Plummer.

Supporting Actress:

In the Supporting Actress category, Octavia Spencer (1.07 on Betfair) is the runaway favourite, but the word on the street is that Berenice Bejo (11.5) was deliberately omitted from the Best Actress category to give her this particular gong.

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