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.
The Tragedy of Macbeth, starring Hollywood heavyweights Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington, looks to have all the ingredients of an Academy winner and Joel Cohen's black-and-white Shakespearean is already among the favorites.
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 should be in the Best Picture reckoning along with CODA and The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion's first film in over a decade.
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'll be 13 years since Jane Campion directed Bright Star when the 2022 Oscars comes around. Her eagerly-anticipated The Power of the Dog is already among the favorites. There is, however, a bunch of former Best Director nominees back and in contention. Any of Ridley Scott (House of Gucci), Pedro Almodóvar (Parallel Mothers) and Kenneth Branagh (Belfast) could feature in the reckoning.
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. And the Academy would be ticking both boxes if Will Smith – portraying Richard Williams (father to tennis stars Venus and Serena) in King Richard – took home the gong. He's an early favorite, alongside Peter Dinklage (Cyrano), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) and Adam Driver (The Last Duel).
The Best Actress Oscar tends to go to a woman in her twenties – though the last four winners were all at least 44.
In 2021 Frances McDormand, one of those trio, continued the trend, winning again at the age of 63. It is worth checking the Oscars betting sites for the odds on the star after winning again for Nomadland, going second on the all-time list behind Katharine Hepburn with her third triumph, and looking set for another nod for The Tragedy of Macbeth.
McDormand could go up against two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, who looks set to feature for Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, but there will probably be some fresh competition also. Hollywood loves a real-life portrayal, and that is good news for Kristen Stewart's take on Princess Diana in Spencer, as well as Lady Gaga for her role in House of Gucci.
The Academy Awards
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California, United States
The 94th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, as it always does, with the red carpet being rolled out on March 27. It was due to be held on February 27, but has been pushed back because of the restrictions in cinemas due to the global pandemic.
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.
2021 Best Picture
Starring Frances McDormand and David Strathairn, this modern American road movie was a popular winner among film-goers. The film followed McDormand as she lived in her van and interacted with real-life nomads across America and lived up to the pre-ceremony hype.
2021 Best Director
Chloé Zhao made history as she became the first woman of color to win the Best Director award at the Oscars, triumphing for Nomadland. The film took home the Best Picture, Director and Actress gongs as Zhao became only the second woman ever to win the award.
2021 Best Actor
With his second Best Actor award coming 29 years after the last, 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins became the oldest nominee and winner of this award when he triumphed for The Father. It was his fifth Oscar nomination since winning for The Silence of the Lambs in 1992.
2021 Best Actress
As Nomadland cleared up, Frances McDormand won her third Best Actress gong after picking up the same award that she won for Fargo (1997) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018). McDormand produced the film, also.
2021 Supporting Actor
Brit Daniel Kaluuya won his first Academy Award for his portrayal of Fred Hampton, the leader of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, in Judas and the Black Messiah. The same role earned him wins at the BAFTAs, the Critics Choice and the Golden Globes.
2021 Best Supporting Actress
South Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung became the first Korean actress to win an Academy Award in the history of the Oscars, as well as the first Asian actress to win an Academy Award since 1958 when Miyoshi Umeki won the same gong as her for Sayonara.
Yes, we can. Oscars betting online is available at many sportsbooks. Although betting on the Academy Awards has been allowed only in the last couple of years in a number of US states, enthusiasts across the world are free to wager on the destinations of the main honors.
The Oscars are traditionally held in late February. In 2022, because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, they are on March 27 at their usual venue of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. That allows extra time to visit Oscars online betting sites to make your selections.
The only man to win Best Actor three times is Daniel Day-Lewis. The leading lady in the Best Actress lists is Katharine Hepburn with four wins. But both trail some way behind Walt Disney, who in his amazing career as a filmmaker was awarded no fewer than 22 Oscars.
Once you have selected your Oscars favorites, you’ll want to watch the coverage of the Academy Awards ceremony. The good news is that the event is covered by ABC and syndicated around the world. Wherever you are, you’ll be able to see if your Oscars predictions were right.