La La Land top odds for best picture Oscar win: BC Lotto

"This is without a doubt the most competitive category of 2017", said Ladbrokes spokeswoman Nicola McGeady, who said a rush of bets on Washington in recent weeks had moved the market significantly.

No matter how suspenseful you want this coming Sunday's 89 Academy Awards to be, there are several awards that seem sewn up.

BCLC gives Emma Stone (La La Land) the top odds to win best actress and Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) the top odds to win best actor. Since the Best Animated Film award nearly always goes to whichever animated film was the most popular that year as opposed to which one is actually the best, "Zootopia" has the best chances of winning. Stone is vulnerable, ever so slightly, to Isabelle Huppert in "Elle", who has gotten her fair share of awards this season as well. Could happen, but won't. The silver lining for team La La Land: Unlike at the WGA Awards, Moonlight is Oscar-nominated in the best adapted screenplay category screenplay at the Oscars, where it won't go head-to-head against La La Land, which is nominated for original screenplay. Everyone wants to know whether La La Land will be Oscar's big victor this year. Affleck had been on everyone's list for his subtle, devastating performance as a distraught loner in "Manchester by the Sea". As good as Washington is in "Fences", he already has two previous Oscars and a Tony for playing the same role a few years ago on Broadway.

The Academy Awards will premiere Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Meryl Streep is the most-nominated performer in Oscars history. He deserves to win.

Soon the stars of Hollywood will take over the red carpet and the winners of "Best Picture" and "Best Actor" will be named. True, there has been a small backlash recently against the picture, but I think this valentine to all things Hollywood is nearly too hard for the majority of voters to pass by.

Is Moonlight La La Land's Biggest Threat?

La La Land is favoured in nine categories including best director and best actress.

  • Joanne Flowers