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.
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.
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.
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
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