Meryl Streep facing Best Actress Oscar defeat

Odds slip for Steep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep looks set to lose out on the Best Actress Award at tonight’s (February 26) Oscars.

Streep’s performance as ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady drew plaudits from critics and, since the nominations were announced, has been the preferred winner.

But today she was edged out of the running by American actress Viola Davis, who appeared in civil rights drama The Help.

William Hill has given odds on Davis to pick up the Best Actress Oscar at 4/9, while Streep has slipped and is now on at 13/8. Michelle Williams is at 16/1 for her role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.

Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award 17 times, and has won Best Supporting Actress for Kramer Vs Kramer in 1979 and Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice in 1982.

Meanwhile, French silent film The Artist looks certain to dominate tonight’s Academy Awards and remains favourite to win Best Film at 1/25. Jean Dujardin, who stars in the film, is also most likely to come away with the Best Actor award.

The Artist leads the nominees at this year’s Academy Awards with a total of 10 nominations across all categories.

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