Oscar Odds Favor '12 Years A Slave' According To Vegas

Posted: Updated:
"12 Years A Slave" is favored to win Best Picture at the Oscars according to Vegas oddsmakers. | Todd Williamson/Invision/AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oddsmakers in Las Vegas say "12 Years a Slave" has the best shot at winning top honors during the Academy Awards in March.

Odds released Thursday by Johnny Avello of the Wynn Las Vegas sports book list the slavery-era drama as a 2-5 favorite to win an Oscar for best picture. Avello says "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron is a 2-3 favorite to win for best director.

Benjamin Eckstein of America's Line is also making "12 Years a Slave" a strong favorite for best picture. He says Cate Blanchett and Chiwetel Ejiofor are the best bets in the top acting categories.

The odds are just for fun, as Nevada doesn't allow wagering on the contest.

Nominations for the 86th annual Oscars were announced Thursday. The awards will be given March 2.

Also on HuffPost:

Celebrity News & Photos
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Oscar odds – 12 Years a Slave, Cate Blanchett clear favorites in respective ...

Oscar nominations 2014: Laying odds on the six major races

Oscar odds, ends, facts and figures

Oscar predictions 2014: 12 Years A Slave set to earn nominations

Oscar predictions 2014: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cate Blanchett named bookies ...