The 86th Annual Academy Awards

Vegas Lays Down Early Oscar Odds to Help You Fill Out That Office Pool

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Best Picture frontrunner '12 Years a Slave'

Best Picture frontrunner '12 Years a Slave' (Photo: Fox Searchlight)

The nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning. Now, would you care to make it interesting?

It didn't take long for oddsmakers to declare that "12 Years a Slave" is the frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar. Johnny Avello, director of race and sports operations for the Wynn/Encore Casinos in Las Vegas, puts the odds of the slavery drama taking the gold at 2 to 5 — the kind of odds that sure-things get. "American Hustle" follows with odds of 4 to 1, with "Gravity" next at 10 to 1, even though both of those films earned one more nomination in total than "12 Years." Spike Jonze's "Her" is the long-shot of the bunch, with the odds of it winning set at 100 to 1.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Shapiro of the online gaming site Bovada has virtually the same line: "12 Years a Slave" the lead-pipe lock (2/7), followed by "American Hustle" (3/1), and "Gravity" (15/2). "Her" and "Philomena" bring up the rear at a don't-bet-the-house 75 to 1.

[Related: Full List of Academy Awards Nominees]

In the Best Actor race, Matthew McConaughey has the best odds to win at 6 to 5 for "Dallas Buyers Club," but "12 Years" star Chiwetel Ejiofor is not far behind at 8 to 5, according to Avello, while Christian Bale, the only actor in the category to already have an Oscar, has the longest odds to win at 30 to 1. Bovada flips the favorites, with Ejiofor (10/13) edging out McConaughey (3/2).

For Best Actress, Cate Blanchett from "Blue Jasmine" leads the field at 1 to 4 odds, followed by Sandra Bullock (10/1) and Meryl Streep (12/1). Bovada has Blanchett followed by Bullock and "American Hustle's" Amy Adams.

In the Supporting Actor and Actress categories, both bookies have Jared Leto as the favorite for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Jennifer Lawrence as the safest bet to win her second Oscar in a row for "American Hustle."

Of course, it needs to be said that these odds are for entertainment purposes only, and Yahoo Movies does not endorse gambling (but also would not advise betting against Lupita N'yongo for "12 Years a Slave").

The Oscars will air live on March 2 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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