And who are the faves? Titanic and L.A. Confidential, according to this crib sheet. OK, Lenny, don't go too far out on a limb. According to Del Genio's reckoning, of the top six categories (the four acting categories, plus picture and director), the boat disaster flick will grab nominations in five of those categories while the noirish detective movie will nab four noms.
Del Genio, oddsmaker at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino, cautions that these odds are purely for recreational use (most Las Vegas casinos do not set offical odds on events they feel could be easily rigged). Del Genio has established his line for 15 years after discussions with contacts in and around Hollywood.
While you don't have to be too inside to predict Titanic or L.A. Confidential, Del Genio also calls some mild surprises, like The Full Monty at 10-to-1 for a Best Picture nod, Jessica Lange at 4-to-1 for Best Actress (A Thousand Acres) and Gloria Stuart at even money for Best Supporting Actress for Titanic.
Complete odds listings follow.
Best Picture: Titanic (Paramount/20th Century Fox) Even Money L.A. Confidential (Warner Brothers) Even Money As Good As It Gets (TriStar Pictures) 3-to-1 The Full Monty (Reprieve Films) 10-to-1 Amistad (DreamWorks SKG) 15-to-1
Long Shots: Wag the Dog (Tribeca); Donnie Brasco (TriStar)
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets) Even Money Robert Duvall (The Apostle) 3-to-1 Peter Fonda (Ulee's Gold) 8-to-1 Dustin Hoffman (Wag the Dog) 10-to-1 Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic) 15-to-1
Long Shots: Daniel Day-Lewis (The Boxer); Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting)
Best Actress: Helena Bonham Carter (The Wings of the Dove) Even Money Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown) Even Money Jessica Lange (A Thousand Acres) 4-to-1 Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets) 6-to-1 Kate Winslet (Titanic) 10-to-1
Long Shots: Emily Watson (The Boxer); Julia Roberts (My Best Friend's Wedding)
Best Supporting Actor: Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights) Even Money Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) Even Money Anthony Hopkins (Amistad) 4-to-1 Kevin Spacey (L.A. Confidential) 6-to-1 Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting) 10-to-1
Long Shots: Russell Crowe (L.A. Confidential); Jon Voight (The Rainmaker)
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) Even Money Gloria Stuart (Titanic) Even Money Joan Cusack (In and Out) 3-to-1 Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights) 6-to-1 Sigourney Weaver (The Ice Storm) 10-to-1
Long Shots: Irma P. Hall (Soul Food); Cameron Diaz (My Best Friend's Wedding)
Best Director: Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) Even Money James Cameron (Titanic) Even Money James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets) 3-to-1 Steven Spielberg (Amistad) 8-to-1 Jim Sheridan (The Boxer) 10-to-1
Long Shot: Robert Duvall (The Apostle)
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