|This year’s Academy Award nominations have been announced, and immediately online casino and bookmaker William Hill has made Helen Mirren a 1/12 favourite to win the Best Actress award - the shortest odds they have ever offered at this early stage.|
The British actress, who wowed critics and audiences alike in ‘The Queen’, will be up against more home-grown talent in the form of Judi Dench and Kate Winslet for the top acting award. Meryl Streep for ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ comes in at 10/1.
'The Queen' is also an 8/1 favourite to win Best Film. British helmer Stephen Frears is 9/1 to pick up Best Director, whist Martin Scorsese is a 1/3 odds-on shot to win in that category for 'The Departed'.
Elsewhere Forest Whitaker is a firm 1/4 favourite in the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in ‘The Last King of Scotland’.
With so much British talent involved, Hills expects a record turnover in the betting market. One punter stands to win a cool £3,400 should Peter O’Toole triumph in the Best Actor category for ‘Venus’, having placed a £100 bet last year that O’Toole would win an Oscar.