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Here’s who the money’s on in wide open Best Actor Oscars race

| 23.02.2017

La La Land may be set to hoover up a number of this year’s Oscars, but with the musical’s leading man Ryan Gosling a 14/1 shot for the Best Actor gong, this looks to be one market where the prize is going elsewhere.

And the punters seem to agree – with market favourites Denzel Washington and Casey Affleck having been heavily backed.

Affleck leads the running at 4/6, and one high-rolling punter is expecting him to justify those odds, with a bet of £1,000 on the Manchester by the Sea star winning the first Academy Award of his career.

But while that’s the biggest single bet so far, a number of customers are piling into the ‘Fences’ actor at odds of 6/5, with a flurry of bets placed (don’t need to give too much away) on the 62-year-old winning this prize for the second time – having already done so for his role in Training Day.

Gosling has a decent number of backers considering he’s a 14/1 outsider, but as the odds suggest, he’s some way behind Affleck and Washington in terms of the money behind him.

Andrew Garfield is a 33/1 shot to secure the prize for his stellar turn in Hacksaw Ridge, and the fact that he’s been well-backed in the past 24 hours means that a Garfield triumph is what would currently prove most costly for the bookies.

Meanwhile, there’s 80/1 on offer for those who think Viggo Mortensen could pull off a huge upset and claim glory following his role in Captain Fantastic.

Get the latest Oscars odds here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.