Favourite – The Voorman Problem (1.50)
We at Unibet loved this short film so much that we flew the film’s producer Baldwin Li and director Mark Gill out to the ceremony in Los Angeles. The film, which stars Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander, is about a prisoner who thinks he is God and was shot over three days in Manchester. It is now favourite to take home the statuette.
The duo behind the film had humble beginnings in the entertainment business, with Li working as a sound engineer and cameraman on TV shows such as Stars In Their Eyes and The Jeremy Kyle Show, whilst Gill helped produce Doctor Who DVDS.
The pair always had this film in their minds though, and after approaching no less an icon than double-Oscar winner Kevin Spacey for some help with their project, they were able to attract The Hobbit star Freeman and acclaimed British actor Hollander to take part in filming which included scenes shot at Manchester's Strangeways prison.
That Freeman and Hollander agreed to donate their services for free shows just how impressed they were by the script, and The Voorman Problem has impressed Academy Award judges so much that it has now been hotly-tipped by many to take the gong at the Dolby Theatre in LA.
Li and Gill, whose day job largely involves making corporate films, needed a bit of help to make the journey to what will be the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, so we gladly stepped in to help pay for their flights and accomodation at what will be an unfortgettable occasion for them.
The Voorman Problem is one of five productions up for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the Oscars ceremony, which takes place on Sunday evening.
Dark Horse – Avant Que De Tout Perdre (2.50)
The Voorman Problem’s main competition comes from this French offering, which is also well backed. Recent gongs at Leeds, Uppsala and Angers has helped provide this 29-minute film with some momentum.
Here are the latest odds on who will win the gong for Best Live Action Short Film:
Check out Michael Da Silva's full betting guide to the 2014 Oscars right here!