Online Casinos Favour Mirren for Oscars
By Jon Young
Dame Helen Mirren is now 1/25 with most of the online bookies to win the Oscar for Best Actress after picking up the same accolade at the Baftas.

The 61-year-old, who played Elizabeth II in The Queen, beat off competition from Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Dame Judy Dench (Notes On A Scandal) and the trio will now clash again in Los Angeles at the end of the month.

The latter two actresses are both 14/1 at Stan James for Academy Award glory.

Forest Whitaker picked up the Bafta for Best Actor for his role as Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland and he is also long odds-on (1/5, William Hill) to double up at the Oscars.

Veteran Peter O'Toole (Venus) is now 10/3 with Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed) a 14/1 chance.

Martin Scorsese remains a 1/5 favourite at Ladbrokes for his first Oscar as Best Director while The Departed is 11/10 market leader for Best Picture with the same firm.

They then bet 9/4 Little Miss Sunshine, 7/2 Babel and 10/1 the rest.

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