2016 Oscars Breakdown: Betting On the Academy Awards

Published February 28, 2016 by Sol FH

2016 Oscars Breakdown: Betting On the Academy Awards

Incredible betting markets for the 88th Academy Awards ceremony live tonight at 1:30 GMT.

The biggest night in Hollywood begins tonight as the biggest stars in show business will walk the red carpet to see which motion pictures and actors will walk away with a coveted golden statue. The biggest questions on everyone's minds are, will Leonardo DiCaprio win his first ever Academy Award? And which of this year's hottest movies will take home the most hardware?

Will Leo Get Lucky?

This is Leonardo DiCaprio's fifth Oscar nomination, and incredibly, he has never won. He has however, never been in a movie like "Revenant" before. DiCaprio is nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for his depiction of a frontiersman that gets mauled by a bear during a fur trading expedition in the 1820's. He was incredible in this movie, but the problem is, so were, Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, Matt Damon in the Martian, Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs, and Eddie Redmayne in the Danish Girl.

Will the Revenant Clean house?

Since the nominations were announced on January 14, the internet exploded with predictions about who will clean up. Fortunately for DiCaprio he was cast in the role of his life for the Revenant. This motion picture is nominated for twelve Academy Awards and it is expected to do very well.  Not only DiCaprio is predicted to win for his role, but Tom Hardy has a shot for Best Supporting Actor in the same movie.

If DiCaprio is upset it could be by Eddie Redmayne in the Danish Girl. Bet365 Sports has Leo as the obvious favorite at 1.010, but if Redmayne win, the UK sportsbook will pay out to the tune of 21.00. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, the director of the Revenant is also nominated for Best director and Winner Sports has posted odds at 1.111 for him to win.

William Hill is also offering some attractive Oscars betting markets and their odds are a bit tighter for Best Motion Picture than the others. The Revenant is at 1.44, followed by Spotlight (3.50), The Big Short (7.00), Room (67.00), Mad Max: Fury Road (81.00), The Martian (101.00), Brooklyn (151.00) and Bridge of Spies (201.00).

Underdog Bet

The Academy Awards could mean a big payday for punters that place a pre-awards bet at one of the three top sportsbooks aforementioned. One of the bets that could be too sweet to give up is for Best Original Screenplay. The favorite to win is Spotlight, but since the nominations were announced, people have been outraged that there were no black actors nominated, and Straight Outta Compton could be the underdog winner. Both bet365 Sports and Winner Sports are at 34.00 for a Straight Outta Compton win, but William Hill is at 26.00.

While betting at WillHill will get you $26 on every dollar bet, bet365 and Winner Sports will pay out $34. There are other categories that William Hill are far more attractive than the other two so a bit of research could be worth thousands of dollars, if you are already planning to make a wager. There are 24 categories with wagering opportunities available and the potential for profit is there, if you know your movies and follow your gut.  


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