Date: 7th December 2000
Hit British flick BILLY ELLIOT is set to be the toast of Hollywood after being tipped as the favourite to clinch the Best Picture at next year's (01) Academy Awards.
The film, about a young boy who spurns boxing classes for ballet, has overtaken RIDLEY SCOTT's GLADIATOR as the favourite to scoop the Oscar.
JAMIE BELL, who stars as the young dancer, is currently running 13th in the Best Actor stakes. Co-star JULIE WALTERS, up for Best Actress, is in third place. (CAZ/WNTST/RGS)