Irish bookmaking site paddypower.com has Oprah as the 6-1 favorite
to host the next installment of the Oscars in February.
"Academy bosses are apparently keen to secure Oprah
as next year's host in an attempt to boost telly ratings which fell by 10% on
the previous year, after being hosted by actress Anne Hathaway and actor James
Franco," said the site in touting the current odds on a host of possible
Steve Martin is currently the second most likely host at
8-1, followed by Bradley Cooper at 9-1, Billy Crystal (also 9-1), and Jon
Stewart at 10-1.
Among the long shots are Justin Bieber at 80 to 1 and
Kate Middleton at 100 to 1. But the longest of the long shots listed in the
sites e-mail odds is Charlie Sheen at 250 to 1.