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William Hill reveals favourites for Oscar Best Picture

William Hill has revealed its top tipped picks to win Best Picture at this year’s 94th Academy Awards.

With the prestigious awards fast approaching, opinion pieces on who should bag Best Picture for 2022 have been flowing.

Long-standing favourites, who have dominated the awards season this year, are Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog and Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast.

The Power of the Dog, a genre-bending gothic Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has already racked up an impressive number of nominations, and has bagged several accolades including a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

Jane Campion’s 10-year-hiatus-breaking feature film has been described as being ‘made with artistry and command’ by The Guardian, and is currently sporting a healthy 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s William Hill’s favourite to win at 4-9.

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast is second favourite to win at 5-2. The Van Morrison scored film follows a young Buddy and his family during a period of high tension in 1960s Belfast.

While it’s been called ‘a chocolate box vision’ of Branagh’s childhood, the film now has a Golden Globe under its belt and reps 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Completing the top tipped three is West Side Story, Steven Spielberg’s reboot of the 1961 musical which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1962, amongst 10 other category wins. The 2021 rendition is priced at 7-1 to strike gold again.

Sharing fourth place are Denis Villeneuve’s epic sci-fi feature Dune, Sian Heder’s coming-of-age film CODA (child of deaf adults) and Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, based on Haruki Murakami’s much-loved short story. All are priced at 16-1 to win Best Picture.

At 18-1 is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, starring Alana Haim and breakout star Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

King Richard, the biographical drama following Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard, stars Hollywood icon Will Smith, and is priced at 20-1.

Netflix’s 2021 comet disaster film Don’t Look Up is tipped 33-1, while Guillermo del Toro’s 1940s dark drama Nightmare Alley is priced 40-1.