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‘Boyhood,’ Keaton, Moore are Oscar favorites in Vegas

January 15, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas oddsmaker says “Boyhood” is the favorite to win the Academy Award for best picture, and Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore are the top picks for acting honors.

Johnny Avello, head of the Wynn Las Vegas sports book, said Thursday that he thinks Oscar voters favor unusual movies such as “Boyhood,” a coming-of-age tale covering 12 years of a boy’s life.

He makes “Boyhood” a 2-5 favorite over “The Imitation Game,” at 7-1.

Avello has been offering Academy Award odds as entertainment for more than 20 years. Nevada doesn’t allow actual wagering on the Oscars.

He gives Keaton a 5-6 edge for “Birdman” over Eddie Redmayne at 11-10 for “The Theory of Everything.”

Avello says Moore is a 1-9 favorite for “Still Alice.”

Oscar nominees were announced Thursday. The awards will be presented on Feb. 22.

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