In this article we cap the best choice to take home the Oscar as we peruse and analyze the Academy Award odds for this year’s Best Actor. Tune in on February 22.
Best Actor Odds
Eddie Redmayne -Theory of Everything (-350)
Michael Keaton - Birdman (+250)
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper (+2500)
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game (+4000)
Steve Carrell - Foxcatcher (+10000)
There are three organizations that hand out trophies, statues, baubles or whatever filthy rich uber powerful people call the tchotchkes used to honor other similarly, though quite more famous, filthy rich uber powerful people. Those organizations and their respective committees that nominate and ultimately lavish awards are the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice and SAG Awards. These three organizations each have their own opinions but you might be intrigued to know that their choices have invariably been a most prescient barometer of who or what will subsequently take home the biggest prize - the Academy Award.
The Golden Globe winner for Best Actor has won the Academy Award an astounding 75.93 percent of the time since 1960 while the SAG Award winner in this category has had even greater success by winning the Oscar at a nearly 79 percent clip over the last 10 years! And now of course you are wondering which of these sublime actors won the Golden Globes and who won the SAG Award for Best Actor. Well, look no further than Eddie Redmayne who starred in The Theory of Everything and won both awards. Michael Keaton picked up the Critics' Choice Award for his stellar acting performance in Birdman.
I would be giddy as all get-out if funny man Steve Carrell won for his portrayal of eccentric billionaire John du Pont, particularly when you factor in Academy Awards betting odds of 100-1. But alas it is hard to buck a trend as strong as the one I have noted and let's face it, Eddie Redmayne didn't just play renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking - he became him.
Academy Award Betting Pick: Eddie Redmayne -350 WilliamHill