Date: 6th March 2003

Bookmaker says Day-Lewis favorite for acting Oscar

British actor Daniel Day Lewis was tipped Monday as the favorite to win the Oscar for best actor following his success at Sunday's British film awards for his role in "Gangs Of New York (2001)."

Leading British bookmaker Ladbrokes said Day-Lewis, who won best actor at the British film awards, has replaced former front runner Jack Nicholson as the clear favorite for the coveted award with odds of 10/11. Nicholson was nominated for "About Schmidt (2002)."

Sunday's awards also confirmed Nicole Kidman as the favorite for the best actress Oscar following her Bafta win for her role as tormented author Virginia Woolf in "The Hours"

Day-Lewis, who won an Oscar in 1989 for playing a disabled man in "My Left Foot," is now starring in "Gangs of New York."

Set between 1846 and 1863, the film tells the story of the bloody gangs from downtown New York, a melting pot of immigrants, and their pitched battles to establish supremacy.

Kidman, who has yet to win an Oscar, was nominated last year for her role in the musical "Moulin Rouge (2001)."

Chicago: The Musical (2002), starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere, has remained the favorite to scoop the Oscar for best picture, despite being beaten by Roman Polanski's "Pianist, The (2002)" for the Bafta Best Picture award.

Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold its 75th annual awards show Sunday, March 23. Reuters/Variety

Source: Press Release



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