The Oscar season is now officially underway. Whoopee! A six-month long build up to the main event that’s rife with speculation and predictions from Oscar pundits and neutrals alike, guesstimating and speculating who the nominees and winners to take home the coveted golden statue will be.
Top sportsbooks contribute to the fervour by fashioning bespoke entertainment prop odds for each and every aspect of the glittering event, offering movie-going fans the chance to participate and weigh in on some of the events’ hottest categories.
From best actress/actor to best supporting actress/actor and best picture and everything in between, it’s going to be a veritable buffet of betting odds strutting their scrumptious figures across online betting platforms, and none will be more anticipated than betting odds for the best picture award,
Winning this prestigious prize is a true honor, it’s the coup de grace of the event that is fittingly the last award given out as the curtain comes down on the night.
Movies that are being considered for this highly esteemed honor by Oscar pundits include The Laundromat, The Report, Joker, Waves, 1917, Bombshell, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite and Marriage Story to name a few.
Of course, nothing has yet been decided by the Oscars committee. No official ballot, shortlist has been agreed upon yet. It remains to be seen who the nominees will be.
Several of the above-mentioned movies might need to overcome institutional challenges as well; that is, mainly an apparent deep resistance to Netflix movies competing at the Oscars.
Netflix’s Marriage Story, which features Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver and Laura Dern, is a frontrunner in various movie-going circles and amongst movie critics. It’s a film that resonates with the wider public and has met with rave reviews, but its Netflix origin maybe its lone downfall.
Last year, Netflix’s black-and-white Roma epic led Oscar’s race with 10 nominations each, a recognition it shared with The Favourite. While A Star Is Born and Vice came in on eight nominations
The winner of the coveted best picture prize, however, was scooped up by the unlikely Green Book. That prompted many experts to wonder if Netflix was deliberately snubbed and debate whether the Oscars are ever going to be ready to accept Netflix at a level.
Another Netflix associated film that is gaining buzz for the upcoming Oscars is The Irishman, which is directed by Martin Scorsese. The cast is a ‘who’s who’ of Hollywood.
Martin Scorsese puts together a star-studded cast with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. That billing alone might be enough to serve up the Best Picture or, even, Best Director award. But it’s association with Netflix could be a stumbling block when it comes to the actual day.
Whether the gripping performances of Hollywood legends Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio will be responsible for lifting Scorsese to the pinnacle of the Oscars this year remains to be seen, but they’ll surely give him a crack at it.
Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the Joker is sure to go down a treat with moviegoers, but whether it is a movie that the Oscars will want to acknowledge in this prestigious category is another matter. They might prefer to dish out individual acting nominations to Phoenix and Todd Phillips for their uncanny, unadulterated performances.
Quentin Tarantino’s films are a unique and easily recognizable brand of divisive filmmaking. His Once Upon a Time in Hollywood doesn’t disappoint on that score, gaining a select wide group of followers that is sure to push it to the forefront of entertainment betting markets at top sportsbooks.
Tarrantino has received Best Original Screenplay award twice over his celebrated and influential career, but he’s yet to scoop up the coveted Best Director or Best Picture prize.
Bombshell featuring female powerhouse actresses Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie is sure to give Scorsese, Tarrantino and the rest of the boys a run for their money at the Oscars.
As an expressly feministic movie that defines this post #MeToo era, it hits all the right chords of our current social climate. Heck, don’t be surprised if this does become the choice Best Picture winner.