Dunn confident for Oscars celebration

March, 2, 2014
Mar 2
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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Odds are that Adam Dunn will be on a successful team Sunday night.

Away from his day job as Chicago White Sox designated hitter/first baseman for about 48 hours, Dunn traveled to Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon to attend the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Dallas Buyers Club
Focus FeaturesAdam Dunn is an investor in the production company that made "Dallas Buyers Club," which is nominated for six Academy Awards.
As an investor in the production company that made “Dallas Buyers Club,” Dunn, and everybody associated with Texas-based Truth Entertainment, will have six chances at hitting a home run during Sunday night’s live broadcast (ABC/8 p.m. EST).

Not only is “Dallas Buyers Club” nominated for best picture, it is also up for best actor (Matthew McConaughey), best supporting actor (Jared Leto), best original screenplay, best makeup and hairstyling, and best editing.

In a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing oddsmakers at Wynn Las Vegas, “Dallas Buyers Club” was merely a 30-to-1 chance to win best picture, as “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle” and “Gravity,” all had better odds. The favorite was “12 Years a Slave” at 2-to-5.

Those odds, revealed in mid-January, were not for betting purposes, though. The European-based oddschecker.com gathered a number of odds that were open for betting from various websites, and the chances for “Dallas Buyers Club” were listed anywhere from 11-to-1 to 43-to-1.

Dunn has admitted that “Dallas Buyers Club” will have a tough time winning best picture. He is more confident with the chances of both McConaughey and Leto. Wynn Las Vegas has McConaughey as the 6-to-5 favorite for best actor, while Leto is the 1-to-2 favorite in the supporting actor category.

“Best picture is the tough one; best actor and supporting actor is a lock,” Dunn boasted.

Dunn, who was on the New Orleans set for filming in December of 2012, had a bit part in the movie as a bartender. He has raved about McConaughey’s commitment to lose over 40 pounds in order to play the real-life Ron Woodroof, who was diagnosed with AIDS.

Leto’s commitment to play a transgender character also won Dunn’s admiration.

“For them to be in character 28 straight days ...” Dunn said. “Jared going as far as to go the women’s rest room ... that kind of stuff. I mean, he was a woman for 28 days. It blows my mind that guys can stay that dedicated. They’re getting rewarded for it.”

When his trip to L.A. is complete, Dunn was asked if he might bring back McConaughey and Leto and tackle a role of a different kind by letting them take some swings in the batting cage.

“It would be pretty funny,” said Dunn, whose Texas ties to McConaughey brought the two together for the movie. “I’ll see. Maybe. I bet Matthew would like to do that.”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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