Daniel Day-Lewis odds on favourite for best actor Oscar

The bookies back the Lincoln star as a shoo-in for his third Academy Award as Steven Spielberg's historical drama dominates the nominations

Daniel Day-Lewis is odds on favourite to win the coveted best actor award at the 2013 Oscars. Bookies rate the 55-year old 1/8 odds on to take home his third best actor Oscar from the February ceremony after a critically acclaimed performance as the title role in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama, Lincoln. 


His nearest rival, according to odds released immediately after today’s nominations, is Denzel Washington (8/1) for his performance in Flight, with Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) trailing some way behind.  

If Day-Lewis were to win it would be his third Oscar, having won the best actor prize for My Left Foot in 1990 and again in 2008 for There Will Be Blood.  He was also nominated for Oscars but did not win in 1994 for In the Name of the Father and in 2003 for Gangs of New York. 

Lincoln, which has been nominated in 12 categories at this year’s Oscars, also easily leads the odds for best director (Steven Spielberg) and best supporting actor (Tommy Lee-Jones) categories. 

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday 24 February hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. 

See the Oscars 2013 nominations in full here

Latest Oscar odds from William Hill:

Best Picture: 1/2 Lincoln, 4/1 Les Miserables,  5/1 Zero Dark Thirty, 7/1 Argo, 20/1 Life of Pi, 25/1 Silver Lining Playbook, 50/1 Amour, 66/1 Beasts of the Southern Wild, 66/1 Django Unchained

Best Director: 2/5 Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), 4/1 Ang Lee (Life Of Pi), 8/1 David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), 8/1 Michael Haneke (Amour),  33/1 Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of The Southern Wild)

Best Actress: 1/2 Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), 15/8 Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), 12/1 Emannuelle Riva (Amour), 14/1 Naomi Watts (The Impossible), 20/1 Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild),

Best Actor: 1/8 Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), 8/1 Denzel Washington (Fight), 9/1 Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), 10/1 Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), 20/1 Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Supporting Actress: 1/8 Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), 9/1 Sally Field (Lincoln), 9/1 Helen Hunt (The Sessions)), 16/1 Amy Adams (The Master), 33/1 Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)


Best Supporting Actor: 11/10 Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), 5/4 Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), 8/1 Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), 10/1 Alan Arkin (Argo), 25/1 Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)