updated 02/19/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/19/2009 AT 3:20 PM ET
Second to the Super Bowl, betting on the Oscars is a gambler’s favorite pastime, according to Doc’s Sports Service, an online handicapper.
While Las Vegas doesn’t post odds on the Oscars, due to Nevada Gaming Commission rules, offline betting services do, according to Doc’s.
As for those favored to end up holding Hollywood’s most cherished golden boy on Sunday night – ABC broadcasts the Oscars from the Kodak Theater starting at 8 p.m. – the good doctor recommends putting your money on the following:
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Mickey Rourke
Best Actress: Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz
Best Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
If it’s any further comfort, Time magazine also has Johnny Avello, executive director of race and sports operations at Wynn Las Vegas, repeating the same choices as Sin City’s favorites – strictly for entertainment purposes.
The only genuine upset Avello possibly foresees is in the Best Picture category, where Milk may be the spoiler.