How to Bet the 2020 Oscars Awards

Posted by Derrick Harper on January 31, 2020 in

This year the Oscars are full of some of the best movies, with films like Joker, The Irishman, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and 1917 making up some of this years Best Picture nominations there is plenty of competition heading into the Academy Awards. The Best Actor nominees have the world buzzing as well, mainly because some very good actors were snubbed from this years Oscars, but also because there are some amazing nominees. With so many categories and people to choose from, let’s look at this years Oscars odds and see if we can figure out how to bet on the awards show of the year.

How to Bet the 2020 Oscars Awards

Best Picture

I believe this is perhaps the toughest category to choose from, considering that a films quality is subjective to the viewer, it’s hard to figure out exactly how the Academy will evaluate what constitutes Best Picture. There are plenty of nominees to choose from this year but who is most likely to win?

  • 1917 -165
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood +200
  • Parasite +200
  • Joker +1000
  • The Irishman +2400

That list rounds out the top five as of January 23, 2020. Although it seems that 1917 will be a shoe in to win Best Picture, I’d say that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has a chance to pull off an upset. If you’ve watched the latest installment of Tarantino’s you’ll see why it has the potential to win this category.

Another picture considered to be giving 1917 a run for its money is Parasite, considered to be one of the greatest foreign films in history. Although each of these films are deserving of an award, I’ll take the favorite 1917, -165, considering how well it was received by critics and fans alike.

Best Actor

So this is where the Oscars are going to get really interesting, Joaquin Phoenix is clearly considered to be the victor of this category but he does have some competition. Adam Driver, although not anywhere near Phoenix when you look at the odds, put together an amazing performance in Marriage Story.

  • Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) -2000
  • Adam Driver (Marriage Story) +800
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) +2000
  • Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) +2500
  • Jonathan Price (The Two Popes) +5000

It might be a tough task to pick anyone besides Phoenix in this category considering how heavily he is favored but it’s worth it to note that Phoenix has already received a Golden Globe and a SAG acting award already.

Considering the Joker star has already won two awards, I’ll take the underdog in this one, Adam Driver +800.

Best Actress

The Best Actress category currently has Renee Zellweger leading the pack for her role in Judy, a biopic about Judy Garland. She’ll be coming in as a heavy favorite like Joaqin Phoenix, but still faces some stiff competition.

  • Renee Zellweger (Judy) -1000
  • Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) +800
  • Charlize Theron (Bombshell) +1200
  • Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) +1600
  • Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) +2000

Although each of these nominees did outstanding jobs, the nominee I’ll be taking in this category is another underdog, Charlize Theron (Bombshell) +1200.

Best Supporting Actor

Now let’s cover Best Supporting Actor, this category is full of contenders like Brad Pitt and Joe Pesci, let’s look at the current odds and make our pick.

  • Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) -1500
  • Joe Pesci (The Irishman) +800
  • Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood) +1600
  • Al Pacino (The Irishman) +1800
  • Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes) +3300

Brad Pitt has another shot at winning his first Academy Award, this time I think his work in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood nets him an Oscar. Brad Pitt, -1500.

Best Director

Last but not least the Best Director category features some great names, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino just to name a few. Sam Mendes comes in as the favorite in this one, not by much though.

  • Sam Mendes -225
  • Bong Joon Ho +180
  • Quentin Tarantino +800
  • Martin Scorsese +1500
  • Todd Phillips +3000

Sam Mendes and his work in 1917 is the clear front-runner in this one, but this time I think the person responsible for the best foreign film in history will take this one, Bong Joon Ho +180. Although there are so many categories to bet on, these are the most popular ones to pick from.

This year I’m feeling a lot of upsets coming on but I also believe the favorite for the Best Actor category will take home his first ever Academy Award. For more information on the Oscar odds please visit MyBookie.