Oscars 2015: The Latest Betting Ahead Of The 87th Annual Academy Awards

It's that time of year again. When Hollywood rolls out the red carpet and Ellen DeGeneres squeezes Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep into a selfie.

The 2015 Oscars, or the 87th Annual Academy Awards as they are more formally known, are imminent and there are a fine selection of movies to whet our appetite.

Here's our brief betting guide the Oscars.


Best picture

Favourite: Birdman - 1.57

A distant second in the betting when the nominations were announced in January, Birdman has soared to favourite. This black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Second favourite: Boyhood - 2.30


Best Actor

Favourite: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything - 1.30

Having risen to prominence in his roles in My Week With Marilyn and Les Miserables, Redmayne was cast as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. Redmayne's portrayal of a young Hawking has been universally lauded, and the Londoner marginally leads Michael Keaton in the betting.

Second favourite: Michael Keaton, Birdman - 2.30


Best Actress

Favourite: Julianne Moore, Still Alice - 1.01

Julianne Moore has received plenty of awards for her role as the esteemed linguistics professor Dr. Alice Howland, who is struck down with Alzheimer's Disease, ever since the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Moore has received praise for her powerful display of the gradual degradation of ther character's psyche.

Second favourite: Reese Witherspoon, Wild - 26.00


Best Director

Favourite: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu, Birdman - 11.00

With Birdman having come in from odds of 11.00 in January to 1.55, it's clear to see who has the momentum ahead of Sunday's LA showpiece. Inarittu, the man who brought us Amores Perros and 21 Grams, is trying his hand at comedy for the first time and, with Birdman, is the market leader going into Sunday.

Second favourite:  Richard Linklater, Boyhood - 1.07


We are offering 24 markets on the Oscars, including Best Cinematography, Short Film and Costume Design - Bet now on each category

The Oscars take place this Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theater, Hollywood.