How to bet on the Oscars
The absolute epitome of glitz and glamor. The Academy Awards show Hollywood at its finest. From the dresses on the red carpet to the emotional acceptance speeches, this is a night like no other. And betting on the outcomes adds an extra dimension of excitement to the occasion.
Some of the greatest movies ever made appear in the list of Best Picture winners at the Oscars. The competition to be the latest entrant on such an illustrious list is certain to be as ferocious as ever. That’s despite the film industry being hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which closed movie theatres all over the world.
When Dune premiered at the Venice Film Festival, director Denis Villeneuve received the longest standing ovation in the festival's history as the credits rolled. The sci-fi classic has been given the blockbuster bombast and was expected to feature heavily at the Academy Awards where it won six awards. Dune would, however, miss out the Best Picture Oscar: losing to independent coming-of-age film, CODA .
In years gone by, the director of the film voted Best Picture by members of the Academy had a serious chance of picking up this prize too.
However, the processes of selecting the two awards are now subtly different, with Best Director the only one decided by a popular vote. Nevertheless, the main contenders will earn their place on the shortlist with a stellar film, so that should give a clue as to the people to follow in the Oscars betting odds.
It had been 13 years since Jane Campion directed Bright Star when the 2022 Oscars night started. Her eagerly-anticipated The Power of the Dog was among the favorites. Ultimately it would miss out on most of its 12 nominations, with the sole win being Campion’s second Academy Award. There was stiff competition from a number of high profile directors and former winners of the Best Director award, with Steven Spielberg ( West Side Story ), Paul Thomas Anderson ( Licorice Pizza ) and Kenneth Branagh ( Belfast ) all in consideration.
There are ways for shrewd bettors to narrow down the field when contemplating the Oscars odds for the Best Actor award. Nearly all of the winners this century have been either over 40 or have portrayed a real-life person. Sometimes both.
At 83 Anthony Hopkins became the oldest nominee and winner of this award when he triumphed for The Father in 2021 and continued that trend. In 2022, Will Smith ticked both boxes – portraying Richard Williams (father to tennis stars Venus and Serena) in King Richard – and took home the Academy Award.
The Best Actress Oscar has historically tended to go to a woman in her twenties – though the last five winners were all at least 44.
In 2022 Jessica Chastain, 47, won the Best Actress Oscar for the title role in The Eyes of Tammy Faye . She faced stiff competition from past winners Olivia Colman ( The Lost Daughter ) and Nicole Kidman ( Being the Ricardos ). Like the Best Actor Oscar: there is a tendency towards those assuming the role of real-life people, with both Chastain and Kidman appearing in biopics this year.
The Academy Awards
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California, United States
The 95th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, as it always does, with the exact date the red carpet will be rolled out yet to be confirmed.
Oscars betting online is great fun and adds to the glitz and glamor of an enthralling night. But it’s worth doing a little bit of research in the countdown to the event. While the identity of the winners is a closely guarded secret, there is always plenty of gossip flying around that may help with your Oscars predictions.
Check Oscars betting sites in the days before the event. Sometimes there is a very clear favorite in a market and it is clear that some inside knowledge has been at work.
Most markets are fairly wide given the time until the awards, but The Power of the Dog (Best Picture) and Kristen Stewart (Best Actress) are early favorites, meaning there is plenty of value to be had elsewhere.
2022 Best Picture
The coming-of-age comedy-drama written and directed by Sian Heder was almost-universally well-liked by critics. An English-language remake of the 2014 film, La Famille Belier, it featured a largely unknown cast and several deaf actors in the tale a girl who is the only hearing person in her family.
2022 Best Director
New Zealand-born Jane Campion won her second Oscar (the first being ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for The Piano in 1994) for Western, The Power of the Dog . Campion was heavily favored in the lead-up to the Awards, having already taken the Best Director award at the BAFTA Awards and Golden Globes.
2022 Best Actor
Nominated for the lead role in King Richard , Will Smith won his first Academy Award in 2022. A modern day renaissance man; Smith is known for his wide variety of acting roles dating back to the sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and a long-lasting successful music career. He was previously nominated for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness .
2022 Best Actress
Winning her first Oscar on her third nomination (Best Supporting Actress for The Help , Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty ), Jessica Chastain was the bookmakers’ favourite (-140) for her role in biopic, The Eyes of Tammy Faye – the fascinating true story of the rise and fall of Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker.
2022 Supporting Actor
Relative unknown, Tory Cotsur was heavily fancied to win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award after winning the BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, Independent Spirit and Screen Actors Guild awards for his role in Best Picture Oscar winner, CODA .
2022 Best Supporting Actress
American Actress, Singer and Dancer, Ariana DeBose was nominated for her role in Steve Spielberg’s interpretation of West Side Story . More widely known for her work in the theatre: DeBose was favoured by bookmakers but faced stiff competition for the award from bigger names like Judi Dench and Kirsten Dunst.