94th Academy Awards Early Oscars Best Picture Odds Betting Preview and Pick

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The 94th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022 (ABC, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, and Online sportsbooks have put up their betting numbers for the Best Picture category.

Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director odds are also being offered and we will provide betting previews for those categories also this week as Hollywood’s biggest night is now four months away.

Due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards were held on April 25, 2021 and was a very mellow and non-glitzy evening in Lalaland with Nomadland the big Favorite in the Oscars Best Picture category.

Academy Awards Odds See Belfast as Best Picture Favorite

The Oscars usually are held in February, but because of Super Bowl LVI (February 13) and the 2022 Winter Olympic Games (February 4-20), the Academy Awards decided on this later date in March. The Nominees will be revealed on February 8.

This year, the academy will award Honorary Academy Awards to actor Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Elaine May for her “bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress,” and to actress Liv Ullmann.

BetUS serves up Awards Futures under its Entertainment part of the sportsbook and besides the Academy Awards, currently offers betting numbers on the Golden Globes Awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards as well as the Gotham Awards.

Odds for the 2022 Grammy Awards, the Hugo Awards, the SAG Awards, the Game Awards, Time Person of the Year and the Turner Prize are also all available.

BetUS also offers Television Futures on Dancing With The Stars, Project Runway, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Stranger Things, The Witcher, Strictly Come Dancing UK, The Mandalorian, X Factor Italy, Survivor 41 and the Netflix hit Squid Games (Season 2).

Let’s take a quick look at the lastest Futures odds for the 94th Academy Awards from creative online sportsbook BetUS who has this Prop bet listed in the Entertainment section of their sportsbook section online under Award Futures.

94th Academy Awards Best Picture Odds:

(November 22, BetUS)

  • Belfast+250
  • The Power Of The Dog +650
  • Nightmare Alley +800
  • Dune +1000
  • Licorice Pizza +1000
  • CODA +1200
  • House Of Gucci +1200
  • The Tragedy Of Macbeth +1200
  • Bergman Island +1600
  • King Richard +1600
  • Don’t Look Up +2000
  • The Last Duel +2000
  • tick tick BOOM +2000
  • West Side Story +2000
  • Amsterdam +2500
  • The French Dispatch +2500
  • In The Heights +2500
  • C’mon C’mon +3000
  • Flee +4000
  • The Worst Person In The World +5000
  • Parallel Mothers +6000
  • The Eyes Of Tammy Faye +6000
  • Shang Chi And The Legend Of The 10 Rings +8500
  • Dear Evan Hansen +10000

Academy Awards Odds See Favorites a Month Into the Season

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided last year that a static 10 Films will be competing for the Best Picture Award marking the first time since 2011 that 10 Films will all be competing against each other head-to-head.

With the length between the 92nd and 93rd Academy Awards (April 26, 2021) the longest in Awards event history, this late March Oscars date seems ideal with the NCAA Final Four the next Weekend (April 2-4) and MLB Opening Day (March 31).

The favorite to win the Best Picture category this year is Belfast (+250, BetUS), directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Dame Judy Dench, Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Jamie Dornan, Colin Morgan, Ciarán Hinds and Caitriona Balfe.

The movie is a story about a young boy (McAskie) in a working class family growing up in the rugged tumult of Belfast, Northern Ireland in the Sixties and was released in theaters in the USA on November 12 and will be in the UK on January 21, 2022.

The movie—which made its world premiere at the 48th Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2021—already won the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and has been the Favorite since this market opened.

The Power Of The Dog (+650) is the second-favorite to win the Best Picture and is a Western drama that was written and directed by Jane Campion and based on the Thomas Savage novel (1967) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst.

The film made its world debut on September 21, 2021 at the 78th Venice International Film Festival and is an international collaboration between Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

Director Campion (+170 to win Best Director) was awarded the Silver Lion for Best Direction at the Venice Film Festival and The Power Of The Dog saw a limited release in the US on November 17 and will stream worldwide on Netflix on December 1.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley (8/1) is also based on an old novel, the 1946 book by the same name from author William Lindsay Gresham and will make its United States premiere at the AMPAS in Los Angeles in late 2021.

A psychological thriller from Searchlight Pictures, Nightmare Alley (above) features a star ensemble cast of Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara, Richard Jenkins, Tobi Collette, Ron Perlman, and Mary Steenburgen.

One of two pretty fun 10-to-1 odds Films with a legitimate chance at nabbing the Best Picture Oscar is Dune (10/1), s Sci-Fi thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve and is the first of a two-part film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel (1965).

The third Dune adaptation, Dune: Part One follows the House Atreides as it embarks in future war on an uninhabitable desert planet named Arrakis and stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin and Stellan Skarsgård.

Scheduled to premiere this Friday, November 26, Licorice Pizza (10/1) is another nice double-digit Futures opportunity in this market and was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and stars Alana Haim, Tom Waits and icon Sean Penn.

The film takes place in the San Fernando Valley (California) in 1993 and centers around smitten teenager Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) meets photographer assistant Alana Kane (Haim)—in her 20’s—on his High School Picture Day.

Directed by Sian Heder, CODA (12/1) is the story of a teen girl (Emilia Jones) who is the Child Of Deaf Adults (CODA) and is a remake of the 2014 French film directed by Éric Lartigau, La Famille Bélier and was filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

CODA is an international collaboration between the US, Canada and France and had its world premiere on January 28, 2021 at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Apple acquired the distribution rights at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival for an event-record $25 million and the movie was released into theaters on August 13, 2021 on the big screen as well as Online on the Apple TV+ streaming service.

A Ridley Scott film, the House Of Gucci (12/1) is a biographical crime drama based on the 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by esteemed writer Sara Gay Forden.

Starring Al Pacino, Lady Gaga, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Adam Driver, this movie follows the story of Patrizia Reggiaini (Lady Gaga), the wife of Maurizo Gucci and their family fight over the famous Gucci fashion brand.

The world premiere of the House of Gucci was held on November 9, 2021 at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square in London and is tentatively scheduled to be released in the United States this week, on Wednesday, November 24, Thanksgiving Eve.

The Tragedy Of Macbeth (12/1) was written and directed by Joel Coen and is an American drama based on the William Shakespeare play Macbeth and stars Frances McDormand, Denzel Washington, Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell and Corey Hawkins.

The brilliant Cohen also did the cinematography for this Film which is scheduled to make its debut on Christmas Day, December 25, in a limited theatrical release with Apple+ TV to start airing the movie on its streaming service on January 14, 2022.

Academy Awards Best Picture Winners 1980-2021:

  • 2021—Nomadland
  • 2020—Parasite
  • 2019—Green Book
  • 2018—The Shape Of Water
  • 2017—Moonlight
  • 2016—Spotlight
  • 2015—Birdman
  • 2014—12 Years A Slave
  • 2013—Argo
  • 2012—The Artist
  • 2011—The King’s Speech
  • 2010—The Hurt Locker
  • 2009—Slumdog Millionaire
  • 2008—No Country For Old Men
  • 2007—The Departed
  • 2006—Crash
  • 2005—Million Dollar Baby
  • 2004—The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
  • 2003—Chicago
  • 2002—A Beautiful Mind
  • 2001—Gladiator
  • 2000—American Beauty
  • 1999—Shakespeare in Love
  • 1998—Titanic
  • 1997—The English Patient
  • 1996—Braveheart
  • 1995—Forrest Gump
  • 1994—Schindler’s List
  • 1993—Unforgiven
  • 1992 —The Silence of the Lambs
  • 1991—Dances With Wolves
  • 1990—Driving Miss Daisy
  • 1989—Rain Man
  • 1988 —The Last Emperor
  • 1987—Platoon
  • 1986—Out of Africa
  • 1985—Amadeus
  • 1984—Terms of Endearment
  • 1983—Gandhi
  • 1982—Chariots of Fire
  • 1981—Ordinary People
  • 1980—Kramer vs. Kramer

Some Film Who May Win Best Picture Hasn’t Even Been Released

The actual winners in all of the Oscars categories are chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which had 9,921 members as of 2020.

Some of the Films listed here up for Best Director and needing to make that final cut of 10 are just coming to movie theaters, so this looks like a good holiday season for Oscars-calibur movies and Underdogs can reap great reward in this market.

Remember back in 2017 when the hit La La Land was the prohibitive favorite at unbeatable 1-to-6 odds?

Well, Moonlight ended up winning the Best Picture award when all was said and done, rewarding its betting backers at up to 11-to-2 odds.

In 2018, The Shape of Water also did its underdog betting backers right, cashing in at healthy 5-to-1 (+500) odds over Favorite Dunkirk. Looking at the top contenders, taking Licorice Pizza ) at 10/1 seems like the best approach from this distance.

94th Academy Awards Best Picture Winner Pick:

Licorice Pizza 10/1

Kevin Stott

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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