All is Lost star Robert Redford to make Oscar history

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Veteran Hollywood player Robert Redford has emerged as the new favourite to land the coveted Best Actor Award at the forthcoming Oscars ceremony.

For weeks now British talent Chiwatel Ejiofor has led the market for his outstanding work in the much-heralded 12 Years a Slave.

The Steve McQueen-directed movie is heavily fancied in a number of categories with McQueen and supporting stars Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyongo all nominated for awards, with the film itself the 4/6 favourite to land the Best Picture prize.

However, while Ejiofor still enjoys a share of the market lead at 11/8 he now has company at the same price in the shape of 77-year-old Redford for his work in All is Lost.

The Santa Monica-born actor-director has been nominated for the Best Actor trophy once before – for 1973’s The Sting – but has never walked away victorious for his acting efforts.

However, a win this time would represent an historical Oscars moment as Redford would become the first man to boast both a Best Director and Best Actor accolade in his trophy cabinet.

Redford – who graduated from TV work to the big screen with 1962’s War Hunt – walked away with the Best Director Award in 1980 for Ordinary People which saw him draw a career-defining performance from actress Mary Tyler Moore.

All is Lost sees Redford as the only cast member in an epic action adventure that tells the tale of Our Man who stares death in the face while stranded at sea in a shipping container.

A one-man film is a tall order for any performer but Redford will feel his decision to take on the role has been justified by the Oscar hype and the buzz surrounding the project’s writer-director JC Chandon also stands the actor in good stead.

All is Lost is only the director’s second feature effort – following 2011’s Margin Call – but both of his films will have earned Oscar recognition after his debut saw him nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.