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Oddsmakers: 'Social Network,' Firth Oscar faves

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:32 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2011

LAS VEGAS — Oddsmakers in Las Vegas say there are clear favorites in Academy Awards, including "The Social Network" for best picture and Colin Firth for best actor.

Johnny Avello, executive director of the race and sports book at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino, made David Fincher's film about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg a 2-3 favorite in odds published Tuesday.

Oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein of America's Line made the film an even higher favorite at 1-3.

Eckstein says Firth is a 1-15 favorite to win a best actor Oscar for his role in "The King's Speech."

Avello also picked Firth and says Natalie Portman is a 2-5 favorite to win a best actress Oscar for "Black Swan."

The odds are just for fun. Nevada laws don't allow gambling on events like the Oscars.

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