Date: 29th August 2001
We may be six months away from the next Oscars - but the Los Angeles Times newspaper is already picking it's favourites to scoop the top award. ALI - starring WILL SMITH as boxer MUHAMMAD ALI - is 4/1 favourite to pick up best picture, with RUSSELL CROWE's BEAUTIFUL MIND, a (2001) second favourite at 6/1. WWW. latimes. com has a full list of odds for the top award.
These include JIM CARREY's MAJESTIC, the (2001), KEVIN SPACEY flick Shipping News,The (2001) at 10/1 and cartoon hit SHREK (2001) at 12/1. Also in the running are forthcoming releases MOULIN ROUGE (2001) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). The list of actual nominations will not be announced until February 12(02) in preparation for the ceremony next March(02). (IG/WNWCAN)