Oscars fans ready to wager on Academy Awards predictions

For many hardcore movie fans, the Oscars represent the Super Bowl of the industry.

From long pre-event shows to formal parities with large gatherings, to specialized drinks   and quizzes to test your knowledge, there are a lot of parallels to be made between the Oscars and the Super Bowl.

In recent years, this includes gambling. Many international online gambling sites offer fans of the Academy Awards to wager on everything from who will win everything from best picture to best makeup and hairstyling to more original bets like whether Pink and Bette Midler will perform a duet.

The Canadian-based gambling site, Bovada , has reported in the past that wagering on the Oscars goes into six-figures for its site, but would not offer specifics on its total handle.

However, just like with football, odds makers have handicapped the field and are offering a breakdown of what they expect to happen Sunday night with the Oscars.

Bovada sports book manager Kevin Bradley said “12 Years a Slave” has remained the favorite in the Best Picture category and has faced little resistance other than “Gravity” and “American Hustle.”

However, Bradley said, there have been some surprises in the odds recently, especially in the best actor category. Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) became the initial favorite followed by Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”).  Ejiofor moved from 3/2 down to the current 1/5, cementing his lead on the category.

“Contention aside, there are some unanimous favorites in the field this year, such as Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) for best director and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) for best actress to name a few,” said Bradley in a statement. “Nothing is a lock though, in the past the Academy has been known to make some un-populist choices, by voting for an underrated nominee.

“The question remains if there will be any big upsets? We hope not as we have been taking big bets on some great actors at uncomfortably high odds throughout the season. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Here are the odds for every major Oscar category (and then some) heading into Sunday’s Academy Awards, according to Bovada:

The Oscars - Best Picture                   

  • 12 Years a Slave (2/11)
  • Gravity  (4/1)
  • American Hustle (12/1)
  • The Dallas Buyers Club (20/1)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (25/1)
  • Captain Phillips (100/1)
  • Her (100/1)
  • Nebraska (200/1)
  • Philomena (200/1)

The Oscars - Best Director                                                      

  • Alfonso Cuaron “Gravity” (1/20)
  • Steve McQueen “12 Years a Slave” (7/1)
  • David O. Russell “American Hustle” (25/1)
  • Martin Scorsese “The Wolf of Wall Street” (40/1)
  • Alexander Payne “Nebraska” (100/1)

The Oscars - Best Actor                                                          

  • Matthew McConaughey “Dallas Buyers Club” (1/5)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio “The Wolf of Wall Street” ( 5/1)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor “12 Years a Slave” (7/1)
  • Bruce Dern “Nebraska” (40/1)
  • Christian Bale “American Hustle”  (50/1)

The Oscars - Best Actress                                           

  • Cate Blanchett “Blue Jasmine” (1/30)
  • Amy Adams “American Hustle” (12/1)
  • Sandra Bullock “Gravity” (15/1)
  • Judi Dench “Philomena” (35/1)
  • Meryl Streep “August: Osage County” (40/1)

The Oscars - Best Supporting Actor    

  • Jared Leto “Dallas Buyers Club” (1/10)
  • Michael Fassbender “12 Years a Slave” (10/1)
  • Barkhad Abdi “Captain Phillips”  (10/1)
  • Jonah Hill “The Wolf of Wall Street” (20/1)
  • Bradley Cooper “American Hustle” (45/1)

The Oscars - Best Supporting Actress 

The Oscars - Best Original Screenplay

  • “Her” ( 2/3)
  • “American Hustle” (5/4)
  • “Dallas Buyers Club” (15/1)
  • “Blue Jasmine” (20/1)
  • “Nebraska” (20/1)

The Oscars - Best Foreign Film           

  • “The Great Beauty” (ITA) (1/4)
  • “The Hunt” (DEN) (7/2)
  • “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (BEL) (13/2)
  • “Omar” (PLE) (33/1)
  • “The Missing Picture” (CAM) (50/1)

The Oscars – Best Adapted Screenplay           

  • “12 Years a Slave” (1/7)
  • “Philomena” (7/1)
  • “Before Midnight” (21/2)
  • “Captain Phillips” (15/1)
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street” (18/1)

The Oscars - Best Visual Effects          

  • “Gravity” (1/50)
  • Field (“Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “The Lone Ranger”) 8/1

The Oscars - Best Animated Feature Film        

  • Frozen (1/30)
  • Field (“The Wind Rises,” “Ernest and Celestine,” “Despicable Me 2,” “The Croods”) (7/1)

The Oscars - Best Original

'Score'       

  • “Gravity” - Steven Price (1/7)
  • Field (“Her,” “The Book Thief,” “Philomena,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) (13/4)

The Oscars - Best Costume Design      

  • “The Great Gatsby”  (2/7)
  • American Hustle (3/1)
  • Field (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Invisible Woman,” “The Grandmaster”) (6/1)

The Oscars - Best Original 'Song'        

  • "Let It Go" from “Frozen” (1/6)
  • "Happy" from “Despicable Me 2” (6/1)
  • "Ordinary Love" from “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” (6/1)
  • "The Moon Song" from “Her” (33/1)

The Oscars – Best Documentary Feature          

  • “The Act of Killing”  (1/2)
  • “20 Feet from Stardom” (3/2)
  • “The Square” (10/1)
  • “Dirty Wars”  (30/1)
  • “Cutie and the Boxer”  (50/1)

The Oscars - Best Cinematography      

  • “Gravity” (1/100)
  • “Inside Llewyn Davis”  (15/1)
  • “Nebraska”  (20/1)
  • “Prisoners”  (50/1)
  • “The Grandmaster” (50/1)

The Oscars – Best Film Editing 

  • “Gravity” (1/3)
  • “Captain Phillips” (2/1)
  • “12 Years a Slave”  (15/1)
  • “American Hustle” (20/1)
  • “Dallas Buyers Club” (50/1)

The Oscars – Best Animated Short Film           

  • “Get a Horse!”(1/10)
  • “Mr. Hublot” (8/1)
  • “Room on the Broom”  (20/1)
  • “Feral” (20/1)
  • “Possessions” (30/1)

The Oscars - Best Live-Action Short Film        

  • “The Voorman Problem” (4/7)
  • “Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (2/1)
  • “Helium” (6/1)
  • “Aquel No Era Yo” (14/1)
  • “Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa” (33/1)

The Oscars – Best Makeup & Hairstyling         

  • “Dallas Buyers Club” (1/100)
  • “Jackass Presents Bad Grampa” (15/1)
  • “The Lone Ranger” (20/1)

The Oscars - Best Production Design   

  • “The Great Gatsby” (4/7)
  • “Gravity” (7/4)
  • “12 Years a Slave” (6/1)
  • “Her” (25/1)
  • “American Hustle” (40/1)

The Oscars - Will the same film win Best Picture and Director?

  • Yes (17/4)
  • No  (1/10)

The Oscars - Will "12 Years a Slave" win Best Picture, Director, and Actor?    

  • Yes (15/1)

The Oscars - Total Viewers (in Millions)          

  • Over/Under (41)

The Oscars - Will Pharrell Williams wear a Mountain/Buffalo Hat during his performance?      

  • Yes -200      (1/2)   
  • No +150      (3/2)

The Oscars -Total Oscar Wins for “Gravity”       

  • Over/Under ( 6½)

The Oscars - Will Pink make an acrobatic entrance?    

  • Yes -200      (1/2)   
  • No  +150      (3/2)

The Oscars - Will Pink and Bette Midler perform a duet?          

  • Yes  -140    (5/7)
  • No    EVEN  (1/1)

 

The Oscars will air Sunday at 6 p.m. on ABC.

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