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 LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- "Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg's epic Holocaust drama, is favored to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Spielberg should win the Best Director Oscar according to the Las Vegas Hilton Race and Sports SuperBook. Odds are even money for both. Jane Campion and her film, "The Piano," are second in both categories at 3-1 odds for Best Picture and 6-5 odds for Best Director. The 66th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live by ABC on March 21. Nominations will be released Feb. 9.
 "This is Spielberg's year," said Art Manteris, vice president of race and sports operations at the Las Vegas Hilton. "The Piano" will be tough competition, but the Academy will recognize the achievement of Spielberg's once-in-a-lifetime motion picture."
 Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia") and Daniel Day-Lewis ("In the Name of the Father") are co-favorites for the Best Actor nod at 6-5. They are followed by Anthony Hopkins ("Shadowlands" and "Remains of the Day") at 5-2, Denzel Washington ("Philadelphia") at 5-1, and Liam Neeson ("Schindler's List") at 8-1.
 Holly Hunter is even money to win the Best Actress Oscar for her remarkable portrayal of a mute woman in "The Piano." She is followed by Debra Winger ("Shadowlands") at 3-1, Michelle Pfeiffer ("The Age of Innocence") at 8-1, and Emma Thompson ("The Remains of the Day") at 10-1. Angela Bassett is a 15-1 longshot for her extraordinary performance as Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It."
 Tommy Lee Jones is even money in the Best Supporting Actor category for his compelling portrayal of Lt. Gerard in "The Fugitive." Ben Kingsley ("Schindler's List") and Ralph Fiennes ("Schindler's List") are both 2-1. Sean Penn ("Carlito's Way") is 8-1, and John Malkovich ("In the Line of Fire") is the longshot at 10-1.
 Rosie Perez ("Fearless") and Winona Ryder ("The Age of Innocence") are co-favorites for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at 6-5. Anna Paquin ("The Piano") is at 3-1. Gong Li ("Farewell my Concubine") is 8-1, and Joan Chen ("Heaven and Earth") is 10-1. There could be a surprise nominee from "Short Cuts" or "The Joy Luck Club."
 "There's going to be a certain irony in this year's awards," explains Manteris. "The 10 top grossing films of the year will be shut out in the major categories except for two nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category. Clearly this is an industry award and not a People's Choice Award."
 Manteris is one of Las Vegas' most respected oddsmakers. He has called everything from sporting events to political races to entertainment awards. Manteris was one of the only people to pick television's "Picket Fences" for an Emmy Award.
 With 30,500 square feet of space and 46 screens of continuous sports action, the Las Vegas Hilton Race and Sports SuperBook is the largest and the most technologically advanced such facility in the world.
 By Art Manteris, Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook
 Best Picture Odds
 "Schindler's List" even
 "The Piano" 3-1
 "The Remains of the Day" 5-1
 "In the Name of the Father" 10-1
 "The Age of Innocence" 18-1
 Others 20-1
 Best Director
 Steven Spielberg ("Schindler's List") even
 Jane Campion ("The Piano") 6-5
 Martin Scorsese ("The Age of Innocence") 4-1
 James Ivory ("The Remains of the Day") 8-1
 Jonathan Demme ("Philadelphia") 10-1
 Others 25-1
 Best Actor
 Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia") 6-5
 Daniel Day-Lewis ("In the Name of the Father") 6-5
 Anthony Hopkins ("Shadowlands," "Remains of the Day") 5-2
 Denzel Washington ("Philadelphia") 5-1
 Liam Neeson ("Schindler's List") 8-1
 Others 10-1
 Best Actress
 Holly Hunter ("The Piano") even
 Debra Winger ("Shadowlands") 3-1
 Michelle Pfeiffer ("The Age of Innocence") 8-1
 Emma Thompson ("Remains of the Day") 10-1
 Angela Bassett ("What's Love Got to do With It") 15-1
 Others 25-1
 Best Supporting Actor
 Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive") even
 Ben Kingsley ("Schindler's List") 2-1
 Ralph Fiennes ("Schindler's List") 2-1
 Sean Penn ("Carlito's Way") 8-1
 John Malkovich ("In the Line of Fire") 10-1
 Others 15-1
 Best Supporting Actress
 Rosie Perez ("Fearless") 6-5
 Winona Ryder ("The Age of Innocence") 6-5
 Anna Paquin ("The Piano") 3-1
 Gong Li ("Farewell my Concubine") 8-1
 Joan Chen ("Heaven and Earth") 10-1
 Others 10-1
 Odds listed above are for informational purposes only.
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