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Oscars 2014: Who are the favourites?

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: December 29, 2013

Oscars 2014: Who are the favourites?

Benedict Cumberbatch is an outsider in the Best Actor category

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The runners and riders for next year’s Oscars have been released and as always there are overwhelming favourites and a host of long shots.

Here’s how the odds are looking for all of the major categories.

The top tip for Best Picture at 8/11 is 12 Years a Slave which tells the story of a free man who is abducted and sold into slavery.

Following closely behind is the critically acclaimed sci-fi epic Gravity (3/1) and American Hustle starring Christian Bale (5/1).

The dark horse in the category could be Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street (20/1).

When it comes to the much-coveted Best Actor gong Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently the favourite for his leading performance in 12 Years a Slave (6/5).

Meanwhile Matthew McConaughey’s performance in The Dallas Buyers Club has him third favourite (5/1) behind Robert Redford for his performance in All is Lost (7/4).

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is a rank outsider at 125/1 for his performance as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate.

Cate Blanchett has been earmarked as the potential winner of the Best Actress award for her role in Blue Jasmine.

Judi Dench (12/1) for Philomena and Meryl Streep (33/1) for August: Osage County are also in the running.

Alfonso Cuaron leads the way in the Best Director category for Gravity (8/11), followed by Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (13/8) and David O’Russell for American Hustle (6/1).

Elsewhere Keanu Reeves is currently at 25/1 to win a Worst Actor Razzie for his performance in 47 Ronin.

All odds are courtesy of William Hill.

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