When awards season began, it looked just like a certain pop superstar was a lock to get the Best Actress Oscar award. Oh, how things can change. Currently there is yet another near-lock for the Academy Awards, and she is somebody who is very familiar with the honor. Check out who’s in pole position and which longshots are the best bet to cause the mad. Sportsbook Glenn Close (The Wife) Olivia Colman (The Favorite ) 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 course of her 45-year profession, 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. From The Wife, Close stars as a woman who questions her life 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 play has made her a Golden Globe in Addition to 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 than 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. Recall when Leonardo DiCaprio eventually won Best Actor for The Revenant? Despite strong competition from Olivia Colman and Lady Gaga, it’s all but guaranteed that the Academy recognizes Close for a career full of terrific performances. BetStarsNJ currently has Close as a -800 favorite. 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 best known for her roles in Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz (2007), The Iron Lady (2011), and Tyrannosaur (2011). After working with Yorgos Lanthimos on his 2015 movie, 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 has been nominated by the Screen Actors Guild Award. That is her first Oscar nomination, therefore it’s safe to state that the Academy will opt to award 71-year-old celebrity Close over Colman, as she’ll probably be nominated again in the future. Sportsbook playMGM currently has Colman at +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 resides for the applause (the applause, the applause). The singer, songwriter and actress is cherished for her chart-topping singles and provocative visual fashion. At A Star is Born, the pop megastar plays with Ally, a waitress and aspiring performer who falls in love with Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a famous rocker having a drinking problem that 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 Films 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 film, but it seems like the Academy will choose to recognize her participation elsewhere, especially the Best Song category. Her song,”Shallow,” is a shoo-in to win 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 Best Movies of 2018, Best Actress Read more here: