Wynn Oddsmaker Johnny Avello Lays Down Oscar Lines


After a 2012 Oscar campaign that saw Wynn oddsmaker Johnny Avello only miss in two categories, last year was rife with upsets. His heavy favorite Lincoln got knocked down by third-choice on the board Argo in Best Picture, and Steven Spielberg at 2-to-5 was taken down by 14-to-1 bomb Ang Lee for Best Director.

Avello went three-for-four in the acting categories, only missing with odds-on favorite Tommy Lee Jones, whose Thaddeus Stevens was no match for the mighty Cristophe Waltz in Django Unchained (at 10-to-1).

This year, Avello again picks the Oscar bait as his chalk, naming 12 Years a Slave his 2-to-5 favorite, with the awesome American Hustle a 4-to-1 second choice. He sees it as a more competitive field, particularly in Best Actor where Matthew McConaughey and Chiwetel Ejiofor are both expected to compete. This is what happens when Daniel Day Lewis doesn’t make a movie.

The chalk on the board is Cate Blanchette for Best Actress in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, while your longshot is Her for Best Picture at 100-to-1. We’d take that action if, you know, the lines weren’t for entertainment purposes only.

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave 2-to-5
American Hustle 4-to-1
Gravity 10-to-1
The Wolf of Wall Street 15-to-1
Dallas Buyers Club 30-to-1
Captain Phillips 40-to-1
Philomena 60-to-1
Nebraska 75-to-1
Her 100-to-1

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) 6-to-5
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) 8-to-5
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) 5-to-1
Bruce Dern (Nebraska) 12-to-1
Christian Bale (American Hustle) 30-to-1

Best Actress
Cate Blanchette (Blue Jasmine) 1-to-4
Sandra Bullock (Gravity) 10-to-1
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) 12-to-1
Judi Dench (Philomena) 15-to-1
Naomi Watts (The Impossible) 35-to-1

Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) 1-to-2
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) 3-to-1
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) 12-to-1
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) 20-to-1
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) 25-to-1

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) 6-to-5
Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave) 7-to-5
June Squibb (Nebraska) 8-to-1
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) 14-to-1
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) 20-to-1

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) 2-to-3
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) 5-to-2
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) 9-to-1
David O. Russell (American Hustle) 10-to-1
Alexander Payne (Nebraska) 40-to-1

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