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British contenders 9-2 to land the Oscar hat-trick

| 16.01.2014

British film 12 Years a Slave picked up nine nominations this afternoon ahead of this year’s Oscars ceremony and bookmaker Coral is offering 4-1 that director Steve McQueen, leading actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and the critically acclaimed film itself win their respective categories on Sunday 2nd March.

The award winning production has already won a Golden Globe for Best Drama, and Coral make it the red-hot favourite at 1-4 to win the Oscar for Best Picture, ahead of American Hustle and Gravity which are 4-1 and 13-2 respectively.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the leading contender to pick up the Oscar for Best Actor at 4-6, but will face stiff competition from Golden Globe winner Matthew McConaughey at 6-4. Meanwhile, Steve McQueen faces the stiffest competition for Best Director and is the 9-4 second favourite to scoop the prize, behind Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron at 4-11.

“British hopes are stronger than ever with 12 Years a Slave leading the charge, and with the film odds-on to take home the award for Best Picture and Best Actor, Steve McQueen might have a fight on his hands to make it a hat-trick,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.

** Best Picture

1-4 12 Years a Slave, 4-1 American Hustle, 13-2 Gravity, 33-1 The Wolf of Wall Street, 40-1 Captain Phillips, 50-1 Philomena, 66-1 Dallas Buyers Club, 100-1 Her, 100-1 Nebraska

**Best Director

4-11 Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity, 9-4 Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave, 12-1 David O Russell – American Hustle, 33-1 Martin Scorcese – The Wolf of Wall Street, 100-1 Alexander Payne – Nebraska

** Best Actor

4-6 Chiwetel Ejiofor, 6-4 Matthew McConaughey, 12-1 Leonardo DiCaprio, 14-1 Bruce Dern, 50-1 Christian Bale

** Best Actress

1-10 Cate Blanchett, 8-1 Sandra Bullock, 12-1 Amy Adams, 20-1 Judi Dench, , 50-1 Meryl Streep

**British hat-trick

9-2 Chiwetel Ejiofor, Steve McQueen and 12 Years a Slave to win

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Nicola McGeady

Nicola joined the PR team in January 2013 from Boylesports. Moving across the water from Ireland, she has taken on the role of PR Manager, dealing with all aspects of media activity, as well as taking on the responsibility of a number of the firm's key
partnerships such as At The Races and RUK. Nicola has been in the bookmaking industry for over six years,with a wide range of experience in radio and TV broadcasting, but you can also check out Nicola's lastest blog posts right here at the Coral news site. Like many of her Irish compatriots, Nicola is a huge Manchester United fan, and when not working, she can be found on a tennis court or enjoying the London social