Bafta Film Awards: Chiwetel Ejiofor “virtually nailed on to win best actor” says bookies

12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Gravity all lead the Bafta 2014 nominations - but who are the bookies predicting will win in the major categories?


Awards season is well and truly under way with the Baftas 2014 nominations announcement this morning. Gravity is leading the field, shortlisted in 11 categories including best film, best British film, best director for Alfonso Cuaron and best actress for Sandra Bullock. 


But it’s American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave with nominations for all the major prizes. Chiwetel Ejiofor got his anticipated leading actor nod and will go up against Hustle’s Christian Bale, Wolf of Wall Street’s Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) and Bruce Dern (Nebraska). Ejiofor’s co-stars Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o were both nominated in the supporting categories with director Steve McQueen also shortlisted and the feature in the mix for the best film Bafta. 

American Hustle’s Amy Adams will compete for leading actress against Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks), Sandra Bullock (Gravity) and Judi Dench (Philomena), who receives her 15th acting nod from the Academy. Hustle’s Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were both mentioned in the supporting shortlists while David O’Russell earned best director and best original screenplay nods and the movie was recognised as a potential best film. 

But now the race is well and truly on, who are the favourites to walk away with the industry’s prestigious silverware?

Chiwetel Ejiofor “is virtually nailed on to win the Bafta” a spokesperson for bookies William Hill told us, giving odds of 1/4 on for the homegrown star to scoop the prize. “There is traditionally a slight British bias when it comes to the Baftas, however Ejiofor’s performance in 12 Years is so mesmeric that there needn’t be this year.”

Fellow bookies Ladbrokes agree, also making the British star favourite with odds of 1/3 and tipping his feature 12 Years a Slave to win the best film category at the annual ceremony with odds of 2/5.

Cate Blanchett has been winning rave reviews for her performance in Blue Jasmine and is 2/7 to win best actress in London next month while Ejiofor’s 12 Years a Slave co-stars, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o, are favourites in the supporting categories with odds of 1/4 and 8/13 respectively. Take a look below for Ladbrokes’ full set of odds… 

Best Film
12 Years A Slave 2/5
Gravity 11/4
American Hustle 8/1
Captain Phillips 20/1
Philomena 33/1

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) 10/11
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) 6/5
David O Russell (American Hustle) 12/1
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) 14/1
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) 25/1

Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) 1/3
Bruce Dern (Nebraska) 9/2
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) 7/1
Leonardo Di Caprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) 14/1
Christian Bale (American Hustle) 20/1

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) 2/7
Sandra Bullock (Gravity) 5/1
Judi Dench (Philomena) 8/1
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) 12/1
Amy Adams (American Hustle) 33/1

Outstanding British Film
Gravity 2/5
Philomena 4/1
Saving Mr Banks 5/1
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 25/1
Rush 25/1
The Selfish Giant 66/1

Best Supporting Actor
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) 1/4
Barkhad Adbi (Captain Philips) 8/1
Daniel Bruhl (Rush) 8/1
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) 8/1
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra) 25/1

Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) 8/13
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) 11/4
Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) 4/1
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) 20/1
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) 33/1

All odds courtesy of Ladbrokes