Since we started canvassing our Oscar experts in late August, Oprah Winfrey had led the Best Supporting Actress race for her performance in the summer hit “The Butler.” But in the last 10 days, support has shifted to newcomer Lupita Nyongo, the breakout star of Best Picture frontrunner “12 Years a Slave” which opens Friday (Oct. 18).
Thirteen Experts are now behind the bid by Nyongo: Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Dave Karger (Fandango), Guy Lodge (HitFix), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out, Gawker), Steve Pond (TheWrap), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Alex Suskind (Moviefone), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times).
Ten Experts support Winfrey: Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Mark Harris (Grantland), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
See the Experts’ latest rankings here. Latest racetrack odds: Nyongo is at 23 to 10 while Winfrey is now at 13 to 5. 2011 champ Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) is in third at 10 to 1 for her performance in “Fruitvale Station.” See the full breakdown here.
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