Lady Gaga named second favourite for Best Actress Oscar

Lady Gaga has been given a 6-1 chance of winning in the Best Actress category at this year’s Oscars, for her performance in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci.

William Hill has named the singer-cum-actress the second top contender for the prestigious award – beating other stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry in the odds.

And it wouldn’t be the first time the superstar has taken home a film-related award, as Gaga took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for her work on A Star is Born – for which she was also nominated for Best Actress at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.

House of Gucci tells the story of the family behind fashion powerhouse Gucci,and sees Gaga take on the role of leading lady with her portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani.

The drama-soaked flick also stars Star Wars’ Adam Driver, who William Hill places at 23-1 to win the award for Best Actor, while the film is sitting at 25-1 to win Best Picture.

And it’s not just on the silver screen where Gaga excels – the New York-born superstar has also taken home coveted Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in recent years.

Gaga is up against fellow musician Jennifer Hudson, who sits at 20-1 for her performance in Respect, as well as beloved British actress Oliva Coleman, at 12-1 for The Lost Daughter.

Although the film nominations won’t be officially announced until February 8 2022, speculation is rife among the major categories, thanks to a surge in quality cinema this year.

Top 5 favourites to win Best Actress

Kristen Stewart – Spencer – 2-5
Lady Gaga – House of Gucci – 6-1
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye – 7-1
Rachel Zegler – West Side Story – 10-1
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter – 12-1

When it comes to the leading male category, William Hill has placed Will Smith in the top spot with odds of 2-5 for his role in King Richard, followed by Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield who sits at 4-1.

Other top male contenders named by the bookie include Michael B. Jordan in A Journal for Jordan, Joaquin Phoenix for his role in C’mon, C’mon, and Bond’s Daniel Craig.

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