After awards season started, it seemed like a certain pop star was a lock to get the Best Actress Oscar award. Oh, how things can change. Now there is another near-lock for the Academy Awards, and she is someone who’s very knowledgeable about the honour. Check out who’s in pole position and which longshots would be the best bet to cause the mad. Sportsbook Glenn Close (The Wife) Olivia Colman (The Favourite) Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) Yalitza Aparico (Roma) Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) DraftKings -715 +500 +1200 +3300 +6600 BetStarsNJ -700 +500 +2000 +2000 +8000 FanDuel -600 +550 +800 +4000 +7500 Caesars -700 +600 +1600 +3000 +5000 888 -715 +500 +1000 +3300 +6600 Resorts -910 +450 +2200 +4000 +8000 SugarHouse -715 +500 +1800 +3300 +6600 PointsBet -1000 +400 +1000 +5000 +6600 Golden Nugget -910 +450 +2200 +4000 +10000 playMGM -800 +550 +2000 +5000 +10000 William Hill -800 +500 +1200 +3000 +7500 BetAmerica -910 +450 +2200 +4000 +10000 Hard Rock -850 +475 +1800 +4000 +6600 GLENN CLOSE (THE WIFE) Legendary actress Glenn Close is known for her work in movies such as The Big Chill, The Organic, Fatal Attraction, and 101 Dalmatians. Over the span of her 45-year career, the versatile star of stage and screen has won three Tony Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Primetime Emmy awards. In The Wife, Close stars as a woman who questions her lifestyle choices as she journeys to Stockholm together with her husband (Jonathan Pryce), a soon-to-be Nobel Prize winner. Her performance at the Sony Pictures Classics drama has earned her a Golden Globe as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. If it comes to the Academy, Close is a seven-time Oscar nominee, meaning she’s more nominations without a win compared to any other living actor. With a chance at making history, Close is a lock for Best Actress. The Academy loves to reward actors that are consistently nominated without a triumph. Remember when Leonardo DiCaprio finally won Best Actor for The Revenant? Despite strong competition from Olivia Colman and Lady Gaga, it’s all but guaranteed that the Academy admits Close for a career filled with terrific performances. BetStarsNJ currently has Close as a -800 favourite. Key awards for Glenn Close Golden Globes: Best Actress — Motion Picture Drama Screen Actors Guild of America: Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role OLIVIA COLMAN (THE FAVOURITE) English celebrity Olivia Colman is famous for her roles in Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz (2007), The Iron Lady (2011), also Tyrannosaur (2011). After working with Yorgos Lanthimos on his 2015 film, The Lobster, Colman reunited with the Greek filmmaker for The Favourite, where she portrays Anne, Queen of Great Britain. For her work in the period piece, Colman won the Golden Globe for Best Actress — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild Award. This is her first Oscar nomination, therefore it’s safe to say that the Academy will opt to award 71-year-old actress Close over Colman, as she’ll likely be nominated again in the future. Sportsbook playMGM currently has Colman in +550. KEY AWARDS FOR OLIVIA COLMAN Golden Globes: Best Actress — Motion Picture Drama Screen Actors Guild of America: Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role British Academy of Film and Television awards: Major Actress LADY GAGA (A STAR IS BORN) Lady Gaga lives for the applause (the applause, the applause). The singer, songwriter and actress is cherished for her chart-topping singles and provocative visual fashion. In A Star is Born, the pop megastar plays Ally, a waitress and aspiring performer who falls in love with Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a renowned rocker having a drinking problem who sees her talent and coaxes her out of obscurity and into the spotlight. A Star is Born was chosen by both the National Board of Review as one of the Top 10 Movies of 2018 and won Best Actress, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor. It also received five Golden Globe nominations, two Directors Guild of America Awards nods, four Screen Actors Guild awards nominations and eight Oscar nods. Gaga delivers a fantastic performance in Cooper’s movie, but it feels like the Academy will choose to recognize her participation elsewhere, namely the Best Song category. Her song,”Shallow,” is a shoo-in to acquire that category, but the Best Lady belongs to Close. KEY AWARDS FOR LADY GAGA Golden Globes: Best Original Song National Board of Review: Top Ten Greatest Films of 2018, Best Actress Read more here: