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91st Academy Awards Betting Odds

On February 24, Hollywood elites and other movie professionals gather to celebrate all things cinema for the 91st Academy Awards.

The biggest films of the year go head-to-head vying for top honors, aka a statue that looks like a Ken doll that fell into a vat of matte gold nail polish. Winners are chosen by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), an organization consisting of approximately 6,000 movie industry professionals.

Oddsmakers calculate Academy Awards betting odds by determining each nominee’s chance of winning their respective category. One of the great things about Oscar betting lines is that they often come with reduced juice – commission that the sportsbook takes from each bet. Since wagering on the Oscars only comes once yearly, unlike betting on football, online betting sites provide cheaper lines to give bettors an incentive.

One of the biggest betting opportunities is a wager on Best Picture. However, one of the worst beats in the history of betting came on February 26, 2017, when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty presented the award for Best Picture. For those who have chosen to block this from memory, here’s a recap:

Dunaway and Beatty announced that La La Land had won the Oscar for Best Picture. Unfortunatly, the real winner was Moonlight. It was only when the producer of La La Land, Jordan Horowitz, accepted the award that the mistake was realized. Dunaway and Beatty had been handed the wrong envelope – the one containing the results for Best Actress, which had already been awarded to Emma Stone. It was a huge upset, and to say it was an awkward moment would be an understatement.

La La Land was the heavy favorite and bettors thought they’d be collecting their winnings after Bonnie and Clyde announced Best Picture. Unfortunately, those bettors found themselves on the losing side of a bad beat. On the other hand, those who took Moonlight to win Best Picture had it made.

Odds Shark’s Oscar Picks

Betting on the Academy Awards is risky because handicapping a movie or an actor’s performance can be tricky. If you’ve seen any of the nominated films, you’re at an advantage.

  • Glenn Close has seven Oscar noms under her belt. We believe she’ll finally get that gold statue this year for her performance in The Wife.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody comes with baggage. First, there’s the accusations against director Bryan Singer. Second, there’s the whole “leaving out a chunk of Freddie Mercury’s life” thing. However, Academy voters didn’t seem to care about any of that when nominating the film for multiple awards. So, our money’s on the film’s star, Rami Malek, to win Best Actor.
  • Back in the day Alphonso Cuaron directed an adaptation of Great Expectations that was basically all soundtrack. Sure, there was dialogue but it was truly a horrendous movie, probably made to showcase whatever music was considered cool in 1998. That being said, he’s made some decent movies since and we believe Cuaron will win Best Director for Roma even though it should go to Spike Lee.
  • Speaking of Spike Lee, he’s going to probably take home the trophy for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. Lee has never won an Oscar, which is a travesty. What’s even more surprising is that he’s only been nominated twice, for Do the Right Thing (1990, Best Original Screenplay) and 4 Little Girls (1998, Best Documentary Feature).

Below you’ll find a list of odds for the 91st Academy Awards. You can also check out our expert Best Picture betting guide for extra handicapping materials.

91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Picture

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Roma -280
  • Green Book +300
  • Bohemian Rhapsody +1800
  • The Favourite +1800
  • Black Panther +2500
  • BlacKkKlansman +2800
  • A Star Is Born +3300
  • Vice +6600

91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Actor

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) -550
  • Christian Bale (Vice) +275
  • Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) +2000
  • Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) +3300
  • Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate) +6600
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Actress

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Glenn Close (The Wife) -650
  • Olivia Colman (The Favourite) +325
  • Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) +1500
  • Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) +4000
  • Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) +5000
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Director

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) -2000
  • Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) +650
  • Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) +2500
  • Adam McKay (Vice) +3300
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) +3300
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Supporting Actor

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Mahershela Ali (Green Book) -1400
  • Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) +700
  • Sam Elliott (A Star is Born) +900
  • Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman) +3300
  • Sam Rockwell (Vice) +5000
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Supporting Actress

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) -300
  • Amy Adams (Vice) +350
  • Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) +700
  • Marina de Tavira (Roma) +1500
  • Emma Stone (The Favourite) +2200
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Adapted Screenplay

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • BlacKkKlansman -275
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? +275
  • If Beale Street Could Talk +600 
  • A Star is Born +2000
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs +5000
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Original Screenplay

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • The Favourite -200
  • Green Book +200
  • Roma +750
  • First Reformed +1400
  • Vice +4000
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Visual Effects

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Avengers: Infinity War -500
  • First Man +325
  • Ready Player One +1000
  • Christopher Robin +3500
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story +5000
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Cinematography

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Roma -2000
  • Cold War +900
  • The Favourite +1500
  • A Star is Born +1500 
  • Never Look Away +4000
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Costume Design

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • The Favourite -220
  • Black Panther +150
  • Mary Queen of Scots +2000 
  • Mary Poppins Returns +2500
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs +3300
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Animated Feature

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -1500
  • Isle of Dogs +900
  • Incredibles 2 +900
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet +2500 
  • Mirai +4000
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Documentary Feature

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Free Solo -200
  • RGB +130 
  • Minding the Gap +1500
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening +4000
  • Of Fathers and Sons -5000
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Foreign Language Film

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Roma (Mexico) -2000
  • Cold War (Poland) +700
  • Shoplifters (Japan) +1700
  • Capernaum (Lebanon) +2500
  • Never Look Away (Germany) +3300
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Original Score

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • If Beale Street Could Talk -200
  • Black Panther +250
  • Mary Poppins Returns +550
  • BlacKkKlansman +1600
  • Isle of Dogs +2500
91st Academy Awards – Odds To Win Best Original Song

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Shallow (A Star is Born) -3000
  • All the Stars (Black Panther) +750
  • I’ll Fight (RGB) +2000
  • The Place Where Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns) +2000
  • When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) +4000

Oscar Props

91st Academy Awards – What Will be Greater?

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Average Views on Television Broadcast -10000
  • Average Views on Streaming Broadcast +1400
91st Academy Awards – How Many times will trump be mentioned on stage

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • OVER 1.5 -130
  • UNDER 1.5 -110
91st Academy Awards – Will Liam Neeson be Mentioned by name during the ceremony?

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • No -700
  • Yes +400
91st Academy Awards – Will an oscar trophy be Dropped during the Ceremony?

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • No -700
  • Yes +400
91st Academy Awards – Will Any Winners be Bleeped During their acceptance speech?

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • Yes EVEN
  • No -140
91st Academy Awards – How long will the abc official broadcast last?

Odds as of February 24 at Bovada

  • UNDER 3 hours 15 minutes -140
  • OVER 3 hours 15 minutes EVEN

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