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Oscars betting odds: CODA new favourite to beat The Power of the Dog

| 22.03.2022

Power of the Dog has bite in Oscars betting odds

The 94th Academy Awards take place this weekend and Jane Campion’s dark western The Power of the Dog has been overhauled by CODA as the new favourite for best film in the Oscars betting odds.

Thr coming-of-age tale of a young teenager born to deaf parents who dreams of becoming a singer was a 12/1 shot at the start of the month, but is now just 4/6 in the betting to pip The Power of the Dog to the post.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “This looked like something of a foregone conclusion as recently as a week ago, with The Power of the Dog then being a clear odds-on favourite to win best picture.

“But we’ve since seen a flurry of interest in CODA over the last few days, and wouldn’t be surprised to see it pip Jane Campion’s masterpiece to the post.”

Best Film

The Power of the Dog stars Benedict Cumberbatch, one of five British nominees for Oscars, as cruel rancher Phil Burbank and his complex relationship with the son of a woman who later marries his brother.

Despite being the overwhelming favourite since the nominations were announced, the film is now 5/4.

Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical black-and-white film which documents his childhood in Northern Ireland, was 7/2 last month but has since drifted to 16/1 despite winning best British film at the 75th Baftas.

King Richard examines the life of the driven father of the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, and doubled in price at 40/1, while Stephen Spielberg’s stunning revival of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story is out from 10/1 to 40/1.

Another remake, Dune, started out at 16/1, went out to 20/1 and is now priced at 40/1 despite winning the most nominations at the Baftas (11) and most awards (5).

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this sci-fi classic owes a lot to Star Wars and comes 38 years after David Lynch’s original which was a box-office flop.

Don’t Look Up, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, is the story of a comet heading for earth, and is 50/1, the same price as Licorice Pizza a film about a teenager wooing an older woman.

Best Actor

Will Smith collected the best actor award at the star-studded Baftas ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall and his odds of making it a double have been slashed from 1/3 to 1/8 for his portrayal of Richard Williams, whose fanaticism and determination took his daughters out of Compton and into sporting stardom.

Will Smith, Williams sisters, Oscars betting odds

Cumberbatch, previously nominated for a best actor Oscar for The Imitation Game in 2015, has gone out from 3/1 to 5/1, while fellow Brit Andrew Garfield is now 12/1 from 10/1 for his performance as Rent composer Jonathan Larson in tick, tick…BOOM!

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington picked up a record-extending 10th nomination for The Tragedy of Macbeth but is an outsider at 33/1.

Best Actress

The best actress category seems to be the most volatile with Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart and Olivia Colman all with a fighting chance.

Surprisingly, none of the four were even nominated at the Baftas, but Kidman has suffered the most, with her Oscars betting odds sliding from 6/4 to 7/2 for her performance as Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos for which she won a Golden Globe in January.

Chastain is now considered the 8/11 favourite from 5/1 for The Eyes of Tammy Faye in which she plays a tacky televangelist alongside husband Jim Bakker.

Stewart was originally the favourite for her portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer, but her failure to receive the Screen Actors Guild nomination means she is now third in the Oscars betting odds at 5/1.

Britain is represented once again by Colman for her performance in the Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut about a child that goes missing on a Greek island. Colman is 5/1 to win a second Oscar.

Best Director

Campion became the first woman to be dominated for best director twice and seems to have this one sewn up at 1/25 in the Oscars betting odds for The Power of the Dog.

Spielberg and Branagh are viewed as her nearest rivals at 16/1. Paul Thomas Anderson has gone out to 40/1 from 16/1 for Licorice Pizza, while Ryusuke Hamaguchi is still 33/1 for Drive My Car.

Best of the rest

Troy Kotsur is the new leader in the best supporting actor category after becoming the first deaf man to win a Bafta for his role as Frank Rossi in CODA.

The American also won a Screen Actors Screen Award and is now 2/9 to land the big one, while previous favourite Kodi Smith-McPhee is out to 5/2 for his part as a bookish boy with a lisp in The Power of the Dog.

Troy Kotsur, Oscars betting odds

Ariana DeBose is now even shorter at 1/14 from 1/4 in the actress version for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story.

Judi Dench, who won an Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love, is a 25/1 outsider on the back of her role as Buddy’s grandmother in Belfast. Northern Irish actor Ciaran Hands plays the grandfather and is also up for a gong as best supporting actor.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Warren Barner