Kate Winslet is an “absolute certainty” to win at least one Oscar following her success at the Golden Globes, according to the bookmakers.
William Hill is offering odds of 1/5 – the shortest price since Dame Helen Mirren won for The Queen in 2007.
“Kate had better get practising her Oscar acceptance speech as we think she is an absolute certainty to win an Oscar this time around,” said Hill’s spokesman Rupert Adams.
The 33-year-old British star won best actress for Revolutionary Road and best supporting actress for The Reader at Sunday night’s ceremony, accepting both with speeches so gushing that they immediately drew comparisons with Gwyneth Paltrow’s tear-stained performance at the 1999 Academy Awards.
Slumdog Millionaire is 8/11 favourite to win best picture. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is second favourite, even though the Brad Pitt fantasy failed to win a single one of its five categories at the Globes.
Second favourite for the best actress prize is Sally Hawkins, the unknown British talent who stars in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. She won the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy and is the dark horse of the competition.
As far as the bookmakers are concerned, the best actor Oscar will be a race between Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler and Sean Penn for Milk.
The late Heath Ledger remains favourite to win the best supporting actor prize for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. He would be the first actor to receive a posthumous Oscar since Peter Finch, who won in 1977 for Network.
SOURCE:Â UK Bookmakers William Hill