This Political Joe knows the politics of Hollywood and the Royal Family can be equally as entertaining as that which goes on in the House of Commons or 10 Downing Street on a weekly basis. It’s certainly a point difficult to argue with in recent times as Harry, Meghan and Oprah made some serious individual and collective headlines!
In Hollywood the end of February date for the Oscars has been pushed back to April 25th due to the impact of Covid-19. In a show of defiance towards the global pandemic, but more likely as a result of the Golden Globes being marred by technical difficulties, the Oscars will be an in-person event albeit limited to nominees, their guests and presenters.
Among six films with six nominations are Nomadland (1/2, 66% chance of winning) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (28%), who head the Paddy Power 'To Win Most Oscars' market. Nomadland also leads the way in the coveted 'Best Picture' betting with William Hill at a best price of 4/11 (73%). 'Best Director' also appears likely to go the direction of Chloe Zhao for Nomadland (1/6, 86%).
In the acting realms it’s a tale of two sexes. The male awards appear to be prohibitive betting events, while it’s all to play for in the best actress and supporting actress awards. Following his sad passing in August last year, it’s difficult to see how Chadwick Boseman (1/14, 93%) won’t be honoured with a posthumous Oscar for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Daniel Kaluuya (1/4, 80%) is another short price favourite for the 'Best Supporting Actor' betting at Paddy Power & Betfair.
'Best Actress' sees one of the most competitive markets as far as the premier awards are concerned. Carey Mulligan (10/11, 52%) is the favourite with Paddy Power & Betfair for her performance in Promising Young Lady. The battle for second favourite in the market sits with Andra Day (3/1, 25%) and Frances McDormand (10/3, 30%), while the “longshot” Viola Davis is very much still in with a shout at 10/1 (9%).
Not a million miles from Hollywood or acting for that matter, is the world of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! Former Suits actress Meghan, along with her husband, are expecting their second child. At Paddy Power a plethora of markets have landed, and with the sex confirmed as a girl, there’s an unsurprising name at the head of the betting. Diana (7/1, 12%) clearly could be a potential nod to Harry’s late mother. The next four selections suggest the rift between the couple and Royal family won’t be closed anytime soon… Allegra (11/1, 8%), Isabella (12/1, 7%), Molly & Alice (14/1, 6%) don’t have any great historic significance in Royal circles.
July is currently the 11/8 (42%) favourite as the month of birth but don’t expect that to happen anywhere other than the USA with an offer of 7/1 (12%) the couple move back to the UK permanently this year.