Tonight’s Bafta ceremony looks like it could work out pretty well for 12 Years A Slave, with odds tipping it to win five of the big six awards.
The film, which has so far had huge critical acclaim, is 5/2 to win Best Film, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejifor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Director (Steve McQueen).
12 Years A Slave, a film that follows the life of a free black man who is later enslaved, is going into the ceremony with ten award nominations. This equals American Hustle and falls just shy of Gravity’s eleven.
“The odds suggest that 12 Years A Slave will sweep the boards on Sunday night,” says William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
Titles battling it out for Outstanding British Film come in all shapes and sizes with The Selfish Giant at 7/1 against Gravity at 1/2 and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 66/1. Rush comes in at 80/1 and Philomena 7/1, while Saving Mr Banks is at odds of 25/1.
The Selfish Giant producer Tracy O’Riordan jokes to the BBC, “It is like David versus Goliath. We are a tiny film - it was made for $2m, while Gravity was $100m- so it’s strange but wonderful to be in the same category. We’re bringing a bit of Bradford to the Baftas.”
See the odds in full:
Best Actor: 1/10 Chiwetel Ejiofor; 9/1 Leonardo Di Caprio; 10/1 Bruce Dern; 20/1 Tom Hanks; 33/1 Christian Bale
Best Actress: 1/10 Cate Blanchett; 8/1 Judi Dench; 12/1 Sandra Bullock; 20/1 Emma Thompson; 25/1 Amy Adams
Best Film: 1/8 12 Years A Slave; 6/1 Gravity; 10/1 American Hustle; 25/1 Philomena; 50/1 Captain Phillips
Best director: 1/2 Alfonso Cuaron; 6/4 Steve McQueen; 16/1 David O'Russell; 33/1 Martin Scorcese; 50/1 Paul Greengrass
Best supporting actor: 1/5 Michael Fassbender; 11/2 Barkhad Abdi; 14/1 Bradley Cooper; 14/1 Daniel Bruhl; 33/1 Matt Damon
Best supporting actress: 4/11 Lupita Nyong'o; 2/1 Jennifer Lawrence; 14/1 Oprah Winfrey; 25/1 Julia Roberts; 40/1 Sally Hawkins
Outstanding British Film: 1/2 Gravity; 7/4 Philomena; 7/1 The Selfish Giant; 25/1 Saving Mr Banks; 66/1 Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom; 80/1 Rush
The British Academy Film Awards tonight from 9:00pm on BBC1