12 Years A Slave is a clear-cut $1.25 favourite with bookmaker Sportingbet to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Chiwetel Ejiofor is a $1.67 favourite to win the Best Actor Oscar for his lead role in the film.

With nominations now finalised, Cate Blanchett has firmed into the very short odds of $1.08 at Sportingbet to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Blue Jasmine.

“Cate is now a hotter favourite than what Natalie Portman was when she won the Oscar for Black Swan. Punters think she’s all but guaranteed of the Oscar,” William Hill’s Andrew Brown said.

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86th Academy Awards

Best Picture

12 Years A Slave $1.25

American Hustle $4.00

Gravity $9.00

The Wolf Of Wall Street $34.00

Dallas Buyers Club $34.00

Nebraska $67.00

Philomena $67.00

Her $81.00

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) $1.67

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) $2.50

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street) $7.50

Bruce Dern (Nebraska) $21.00

Christian Bale (American Hustle) $41.00

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) $1.08

Sandra Bullock (Gravity) $9.00

Amy Adams (American Hustle) $11.00

Judi Dench (Philomena) $26.00

Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) $34.00

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) $1.33

Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) $3.50

David O. Russell (American Hustle) $13.00

Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street) $21.00

Alexander Payne (Nebraska) $41.00