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For Oscars, all bets are on [Jan. 25th, 2005|12:27 pm]
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The leading British bookmaking companies are already posting Oscar odds, even before the the nominations are revealed tomorrow morning.
Ladbrokes began offering 6-to-4 odds on British favorite Clive Owen winning best supporting actor after his Golden Globe triumph.
Gamblers from all over the world bet online on the Oscars, with residents of the Far East and Scandinavia showing special interest. At the moment, leading British bookmakers don't officially take online bets from Americans with U.S. credit card addresses.
Still, Americans living abroad or visiting Britain are free to bet here, not to mention any with a British connection.
Paddy Power has posted a full slate of pre-nomination odds and is currently offering even money for "The Aviator" to win best picture, with "Million Dollar Baby" at 6-to-4.

Paddy Power is even taking bets on which designer will dress the best actress winner. It favors Calvin Klein, at 7-to-4 odds, because best actress favorite Hilary Swank models Calvin Klein underwear.
The company is offering 4-to-1 that Clint Eastwood will mention President Bush or Michael Moore in an acceptance speech.
Rob Gillespie, president of Bodog - which will post its odds tomorrow morning after the nominations are unveiled - estimated the company will receive up to 4,000 Oscar bets from U.S.-based gamblers this season.
"There are no runaway favorites with Jamie Foxx as a possible exception, given the crowd reaction to his win at the Golden Globes," he said with the expert eye of someone who watches big money riding on the outcome. "It looks like small pictures will make a big splash."


PADDY POWER'S PRE-NOMINATION ODDS


BEST PICTURE
Even "The Aviator"
6/4 "Million Dollar Baby"
4/1 "Sideways"
16/1 "Ray"
25/1 "Finding Neverland"
33/1 "Hotel Rwanda"
50/1 "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
50/1 "Closer"
80/1 "Kinsey"


BEST ACTOR
2/7 Jamie Foxx ("Ray")
9/2 Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Aviator")
8/1 Johnny Depp ("Finding Neverland")
14/1 Paul Giamatti ("Sideways")
28/1 Liam Neeson ("Kinsey")
40/1 Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby")
66/1 Jim Carey ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind")


BEST ACTRESS
8/11 Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby")
15/8 Annette Bening ("Being Julia")
4/1 Imelda Staunton ("Vera Drake")
25/1 Kate Winslett ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind")
40/1 Scarlett Johansson ("A Love Song for Bobby Long")
100/1 Emmy Rossum ("Phantom of the Opera")


BEST DIRECTOR
4/7 Martin Scorsese, "The Aviator"
6/4 Clint Eastwood, "Million Dollar Baby"
10/1 Alexander Payne, "Sideways"
22/1 Marc Forster, "Finding Neverland"
25/1 Taylor Hackford, "Ray"
33/1 Mike Nichols, "Closer"
40/1 Michael Gondry, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
40/1 Terry George, "Hotel Rwanda"


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
11/8 Thomas Haden Church, "Sideways"
13/8 Clive Owen, "Closer"
5/2 Morgan Freeman, "Million Dollar Baby"
16/1 Jamie Foxx, "Collateral"
16/1 Freddie Highmore, "Finding Neverland"
33/1 Alan Alda, "The Aviator"
33/1 David Carradine, "Kill Bill Vol. 2"
33/1 Peter Sarsgaard, "Kinsey"


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
11/10 Cate Blanchett, "The Aviator"
15/8 Virginia Madsen, "Sideways"
3/1 Natalie Portman, "Closer"
9/1 Laura Linney, "Kinsey"
16/1 Kate Winslet, "Finding Neverland"
33/1 Meryl Streep, "The Manchurian Candidate"
33/1 Sophie Okonedo, "Hotel Rwanda"
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