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2020 Oscars Picks: Best Betting Odds and Predictions

2020 Oscars Picks: Best Betting Odds and Predictions

Who will win Best Picture of 2019? How about Best Director? And Best Actor? And Best Actress? If we’re asking these questions, you better believe it’s because the 2020 Oscars are bearing down upon us. Let’s roll through the latest betting odds and smartest picks for the most important categories.

Here are the latest 2020 Oscars odds for the top five films in the Best Picture category, courtesy of Bovada:

  • 1917 (-275)
  • Parasite (+300
  • Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (+800)
  • Joker (+1600)
  • Irishman (+6000)

Make sure you’re double-checking these Vegas odds on the 2020 Oscars. They will shift between now and when the biggest celebrities walk down the red carpet. Oscars betting odds will also vary by sportsbooks. If you’re using the highly rated BetNow instead of Bovada, you could be working with different lines. 

All that in mind, our preview has everything you need to make some money:

  • Oscars Best Picture odds
  • Best Director odds
  • Best Actor odds
  • Best Actress odds
  • Picks for the top Oscars awards

2020 Oscars Betting Breakdown

Best Picture

Here’s the full list of films in the running for the Academy Award for 2019’s Best Picture:

  • 1917 (-275)
  • Parasite (+300
  • Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (+800)
  • Joker (+1600)
  • Irishman (+6000)
  • Jojo Rabbit (+6500)
  • Marriage Story (+12500)
  • Little Women (+15000)
  • Ford vs. Ferrari (+20000)

Our favorite dark horse bet is the Irishman. Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci received raved reviews for their roles in the film, and the general feedback on the movie was good even if it ran a little wrong.

As for a more realistic winner, we understand if you gravitate towards 1917. So many are calling that one of the best movies of the decade. But Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood is receiving similar credit, and the creative license it took with the ending should guarantee it gets more consideration than the sportsbook are intimating.

OSB Prediction: Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (+800)

Best Director

Here’s the full list of films in the running for the Academy Award for 2019’s Best Director:

  • Sam Mendes – 1917 (-1400)
  • Boon Joon Ho – Parasite (+550)
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (+1200)
  • Martin Scorcese – Irishman (+4000)
  • Todd Phillips – Joker (+5000)

Investing money in Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorcese is hardly a bad way to go. They’re omnipresent contenders.

Still, we’re not about to go against Sam Mendes. His movie, 1917, has a much better chance of being upset for Best Picture than he does for Best Director.

OSB Prediction: Sam Mendes (-1400)

Best Actor

Here’s the full list of films in the running for the Academy Award for 2019’s Best Actor:

  • Joaquin Phoenix – Joker (-1250)
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story (+1000)
  • Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory (+1700)
  • Leonard DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (+2000)
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes (+2000)

This is another category where it’s tough to go against the consensus. Joaquin Phoenix is being iconized for his method of attacking in Joker. He needed to lose a ton of weight and accurately portray the personality of an all-time villain while simultaneously humanizing his character.

Good luck if you’re picking against him. Adam Driver is the best alternative.

OSB Prediction: Joaquin Phoenix (-1250)

Best Actress

Here’s the full list of films in the running for the Academy Award for 2019’s Best Actress:

  • Renee Zelweger – Judy (-2000)
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story (+750)
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell (+2000)
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women (+2000)
  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet (+2200)

While Renee Zelweger is the heavy favorite here, we’re kind of into betting on Scarlett Johansson.

Marriage Story became a meme online, but it was, for the most part, critically acclaimed. It feels like it’s going to be recognized in some way. With Best Picture out of the question and Joaquin Phoenix seemingly a shoo-in for Best Actor, this is the category in which it makes sense to roll the dice.

OSB Prediction: Scarlett Johansson (+750) 

Check out this list of the best online sportsbooks so you can decide which one to use for you 2020 Oscars Betting:

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