Rami Malek

If betting markets are to be believed, Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek may soon have another award for his increasingly-bulging trophy cabinet. The Mr. Robot actor, chasing Oscar glory in February, is heavily tipped to pick up the best actor award at this year’s BAFTA ceremony. Paddy Power is now quoting odds of 4/7 on a Malek victory.

Malek defeated the heavily tipped Bradley Cooper to win the best actor in a drama category at the Golden Globes earlier this month. Since then the momentum behind him has only grown.

Though Bohemian Rhapsody received mixed reviews, and has had to deal with criticism that it “straight-washed” the facts of Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s life, Malek’s performance has received near universal acclaim. The film has also become an international phenomenon, already grossing over $700 million.

Second favourite to win the BAFTA is Christian Bale at 7/4 for his performance as Dick Cheney in Vice.

The Real Person Advantage

The BAFTAs are seen as a particularly good indicator of future Academy Award success. Since 2010 only one best actor BAFTA winner has failed to pick up an Oscar, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 2013. Both Bale and Malek should benefit from the propensity of BAFTA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to favour performances which portray real people. Last year’s Oscars ceremony saw Gary Oldman win for his version of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour and in 2011 Meryl Streep was recognised for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.