Summer for Hollywood is over, as movie studios get serious releasing their 2019 Academy Awards movie contenders this fall.
Straight off the bat, October sees the release of two well-backed Oscar 2019 ‘Best Picture’ contenders in ‘A Star is Born’ (Warner Bros) and ‘First Man’ (Universal Pictures), bookmaker Coral is paying attention to what it believes could become an early two horse market.
‘A Star is Born’, priced by Coral at 3/1 marks the directorial debut of Bradley Cooper, accompanied by pop diva Lady Gaga in her first acting role. The musical-drama which had its international premiere last week has garnered critical praise alongside box office success, a combination the Academy loves in a contender.
However released on Friday 12 October, ‘First Man’ (Coral 4/1) tells the personal journey of Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 Space Mission, becoming the first man to walk on the moon.
Starring Ryan Gosling, and directed by current Hollywood ‘wonder boy’ Damien Chazelle, ‘First Man’ a movie that depicts US might and achievement through science and technology is guaranteed to be in the Best Picture contention come February 2019.
Speaking to SBC, Coral PR Executive Harry Aitkenhead commented on the entertainment market;
“Both October releases, are the two favourites in Coral’s betting for Best Picture 2019 at the Academy Awards- the next being 6/1 for Roma and the rest being double-figure odds.”
“A Star is Born has received rave reviews and that means Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut could end in Oscar glory, whilst First Man is such an iconic story backed up with a stellar cast and has every chance of landing the Best Picture prize. The competition the pair may face doesn’t look the strongest Oscar picture we’ve ever seen, meaning we could have an early two-horse race on our hands”
‘First Man – Trailer’