We’ve taken a look at the odds for the Best Picture category for the 94th Academy Awards, so let’s take a look at the current odds and handicap the prestigious Best Actor and Best Actress categories from cutting-edge online sportsbook BetUS.
After a subdued Oscars night last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Film’s biggest night will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (ABC, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT). Nominees will be out on February 8.
Usually held in February, the 2022 Oscars will be held on this date so as not to conflict with the NFL’s Super Bowl LVI (February 13) or the 2022 Winter Olympic Games (February 4-20) set to be held this coming winter in Beijing, China.
Best Actor, Best Actress Oscars Odds Are Now Out Online
We will look at the Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director category odds later and provide Futures stories on the Oscars odds up until the big night. Last year the Best Picture Academy Award went to Parasite.
Honorary Academy Awards will be given out that evening in late March to Motion Picture icons Samuel L. Jackson, Liv Ullmann and Elaine May. Ben-Hur, Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King all have 11 Oscar statuettes.
Let’s examine fresh Futures odds for the Best Actor and Best Actress categories for the 94th Academy Awards and make some winning picks and try to explain why.
2017—Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2016—Emma Stone, La La Land
2015—Brie Larson, Room
2014—Julieanne Moore, Still Alice
2013—Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
2012—Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
2011—Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
2010—Natalie Portman, Black Swan
2009—Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
2008—Kate Winslet, The Reader
2007—Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
2006—Helen Mirren, The Queen
2005—Reese Witherspoon, Walk The Line
2004—Hillary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
2003—Charlize Theron, Monster
2002—Nicole Kidman, The Hours
2001—Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball
2000—Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
Best Actor Favorite Will Smith Will Be Really Hard to Beat
One extremely important thing to remember when betting on 94th Academy Awards Futures is that the actual winners in all of the Oscars categories are chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
And another thing? Any Film, actor, actress or director you wager on must first make the final cut in the category when the nominees are announced on Tuesday, February 8 . Nomination voting will begin on Thursday, January 27, 2022.
As is often the case with the timing of film releases for both holiday season viewership and Oscar consideration, many movies in which potential Best Actor and Best Actress nominees are premiering in movie theaters or streaming services.
The solid favorite in the Best Actor for the 94th Academy Awards at BetUS and other online betting websites is Will Smith from King Richard, priced at -200 (bet $200 to win $100) for his portrayal of legendary tennis father Richard Williams.
Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, King Richard (16/1 to win Best Picture, BetUS) Smith (-200 to win Best Actor) does a wonderful job portraying Papa Williams, the dedicated father tennis coach of LA-area tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams.
King Richard made its debut at the 48th Telluride Film Festival on September, 21, 2021 with Smith receiving critical acclaim for his role. King Richard was just released by Warner Brothers in movie theaters and on HBO Max on November, 19.
Denzel Washington (8/1 to win Best Actor) is the oddsmakers’ second choice in this category with Washington’s portrayal of Lord Macbeth in The Tragedy of Macbeth from the famous William Shakespeare play garnering cinematic buzz.
The Tragedy of Macbeth (12/1 to win Best Picture) was written and directed by Joe Coen and made its world premiere on September 24, 2021 at the 2021 New York Film Festival and will arrive on the big screen on Christmas Day (December 25).
Benedict Cumberbatch (9/1 to win Best Actor) also has a shot at winning in this betting category for his role in The Power Of The Dog (+650 to win Best Picture) with Cumberbatch playing a Montana rancher in 1925 named Phil Burbank.
And Bradley Cooper (10/1 to win Best Actor) should make the final cut and be nominated for his role of Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, “an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words” says Searchlight Pictures.
An American neo-noir psychological thriller, Nightmare Alley (8/1 to win Best Picture) was directed by Guillermo del Toro and includes an ensemble cast and will be making its world premiere at the AMPAS in Los Angeles in late 2021.
Stewart Favorite, but Gaga, Hudson, McDormand Can Win
The prohibitive favorite to win the Best Actress Oscar in the Spring is Kristen Stewart (-225 to win Best Actress) for her role of Princess Diana in the film Spencer (+650 to win Best Picture) and it’s hard to Stewart not taking home the statue.
The film made its debut at the 78th Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2021 and was directed by Pablo Larrain and is a fictionalized rendition of how Diana Spencer ended her marriage with Prince Charles and to leave the Monarchy.
The online oddsmakers second choice to win the 94th Academy Awards Oscar for Best Actress is Jessica Chastain in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye (60/1 to win Best Picture) a biographical drama about infamous televangelist Tammy Faye Baker.
Making its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, The Eyes Of Tammy Faye was directed by Michael Showalter and was released by Searchlight Pictures on September 17 and was greeted by mixed reviews so I’ll pass on this one.
A better value and possibly winning Futures bet may be on Lady Gaga (7/1 to win Best Actress) for her portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani, the eventual wife of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) in the new release House Of Gucci (12/1 to win Best Picture).
House Of Gucci made its world premiere back on November 9 at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square in London, England and will be released this week in the United States by United Artists on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday November 24.
Two other decent longshots worth consideration in the Best Actress category are Jennifer Hudson (12/1 to win Best Actress) in Respect and Frances McDormand (12/1 to win Best Actress) in The Tragedy Of Macbeth (12/1 to win Best Picture).
Hudson already won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar (Dreamgirls, 2007) while McDormand has won two Best Actress Oscars in the last four years in Nomadland last year in 2020 and also in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri back in 2017.
Is Betting on the 94th Academy Awards Legal?
Yes, wagering on the 94th Academy Awards is completely legal and the vast majority of offshore online websites now post Oscars odds in the major categories for Hollywood’s biggest night as entertainment betting continues to flourish.
You can find 94th Academy Awards Futures under the Awards category in the Entertainment section of the sportsbook at BetUS. Golden Globes Awards, Golden Raspberry Awards, Gotham Awards and Grammy Awards can also be found.
BetUS also serves up tasty betting numbers for Hugo Awards, the SAG Awards, the Game Awards, Time Person of the Year—which we will handicap later in the week—as well as the Turner Prize as legalized gambling starts to flourish in the US.
Television Futures can also be wagered on with Dancing With The Stars, Project Runway, Stranger Things, The Witcher, Strictly Come Dancing UK, The Mandalorian, X Factor Italy, Survivor 41 and Squid Games (Season 2) among the many offerings.
How to Bet on the 94th Academy Awards
It’s extremely easy to make bets on the 94th Academy Award, simply sign up at a reputable online sportsbook like BetOnline, SportsBetting.ag, BetUS, MyBookie or Bovada and make Oscars wagers on the event like a sports bet in the entertainment tab.
Nominees for the six major categories—Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress—will be announced on Tuesday, February 8 with all of the other final 94th Academy Awards nominees.
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Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. ...
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