'Boyhood,' Keaton, Moore are Oscar favorites in Vegas

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Posted: Jan 15, 2015 2:45 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas oddsmakers said Thursday that "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 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.

Benjamin Eckstein, president of the America's Line odds column, made "Boyhood" a 1-2 favorite over "The Grand Budapest Hotel," at 7-1.

The odds were issued only for entertainment purposes. Nevada doesn't allow actual wagering on the Oscars.

Avello and Eckstein both gave Keaton a slight edge to win best actor for "Birdman" over Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything."

They also made Moore a strong favorite for best actress in "Still Alice" over Reese Witherspoon in "Wild."

The awards will be presented Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.