Vegas Oddsmakers Predict Oscars

LAS VEGAS (AP) - One Las Vegas oddsmaker is making "Slumdog
Millionaire" the early even-money favorite to win an Academy Award
for best picture. Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet are Oscar
favorites for best actor and actress.

Wynn Las Vegas sports book director John Avello set the
theoretical line for Rourke's performance in "The Wrestler" at
2-1 on Thursday.

Winslet gets 8-5 odds for her role in "The Reader."

Heath Ledger is Avello's 6-5 pick for best supporting actor for
"The Dark Knight."

Not all Las Vegas oddsmakers list Oscar favorites, and none take
actual bets on the outcome.

Avello makes "Doubt" co-star Viola Davis a 2-1 favorite for
best supporting actress.

"Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle is Avello's top
pick for best director.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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