British Bookies Make BAFTA Odds

6:00 AM PST 01/24/2012 by Stuart Kemp
Focus Features

Bookmakers in the U.K. normally focus on pro sports, but every year at this time, London's infamous (and legal) bookies set odds on who will win Golden Masks at the Orange British Academy Film Awards. U.K. betting giants William Hill and Ladbrokes recommended placing bets before the Oscar noms were unveiled because "once those nominees come out, the BAFTA odds get even shorter," William Hill's Rupert Adams says. So if you happen to be in London and you're looking to cash in on the Feb. 12 BAFTAs, consider Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for its two advantages: It's a British film, and its odds are a reasonable 4:1. Don't bet on Tinker's Gary Oldman for best actor, though. The Descendants' George Clooney is the favorite (Ladbrokes has him at 8:13). The longest odds? It's another snub for Oscar omission Tilda Swinton, who comes in at 16:1. (You can always go to Vegas and bet on the Oscars.)

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