(The Spread) – In terms of the odds go, the 2011 Academy Awards was highly predictable. Most of the favorites took home an Oscar on Sunday night.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com, “The King’s Speech” was –1000 on the money line to take home the Oscar for Best Picture, making the film a huge favorite over “The Social Network” (+250), “The Fighter” (+2500) and “True Grit” (+2500).
Based on the odds, it wasn’t surprising that Colin Firth took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in “The King’s Speech.” He was a whopping –2000 money line favorite over James Franco (“127 Hours,” +800), Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network,” +900), Javier Bardem (“Biutiful,” +2000) and Jeff Bridges (“True Grit,” +2000).
Again, the Academy Award for Best Actress was supposed to be a runaway, too. Natalie Portman of “Black Swan” was –1000 on the money line, while Annette Bening of “The Kids Are All Right) wasn’t a close second at +300. Jennifer Lawrence was +1200 to win Best Actress for her role in “Winters Bone,” while Nicole Kidman was +2000 for “Rabbit Hole” and Michelle Williams was +3000 for “Blue Valentine.”
The only real upset of the night was for Best Director, but the odds were incredibly close. David Fincher of “The Social Network” was –175 on the money line, while Tom Hooper of “The King’s Speech” was –150. Hooper took home the award, but many people felt that Fincher was slightly robbed.
Christian Bale was supposed to take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and did at –1200 on the money line. Geoffrey Rush was +200 for his role in “The King’s Speech,” while Jeremy Renner of “The Town” was +2000. The race for Best Supporting Actress was tight going in, but again, the favorite (Melissa Leo of “The Fighter”) won.