Oscars Betting At New Jersey Online Sportsbooks

New Jersey broke new ground in 2019 when it became the first US market with regulated sportsbooks to accept bets on the Oscars

Now, the Oscars are less than a month away and New Jersey is at the forefront of what could be a growing number of US markets taking Academy Awards action.

This year’s awards will take place on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET. The Academy announced nominees on March 15.

Over the next month, the majority of mobile sportsbooks will have Oscars-related markets available for bettors, adding another layer to the ever-growing sports betting industry in the Garden State. Many sportsbooks spread odds on all 24 categories, while others limited themselves to the more popular

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2020 Oscars odds

The current Oscars betting odds were last updated April 12, 2021.

Best Picture

Nominee DraftKings
The Trial of the Chicago 7+600
Promising Young Woman+1700
Judas and the Black Messiah+3300
Sound of Metal+5000
The Father+10000

Best Director

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)-3335
David Fincher (Mank)+1000
Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)+1700
Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)+2000
Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)+2500

Best Actor

Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)-1667
Anthony Hopkins (The Father)+700
Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)+1400
Steven Yeun (Minari)+2500
Gary Oldman (Mank)+3300

Best Actress

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)+125
Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)+200
Frances McDormand (Nomadland)+400
Andra Day(The United States vs Billie Holiday)+600
Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)+2000

Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)-2500
Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7)+1200
Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)
Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami)+1700
LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah)+3300

Best Supporting Actress

Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)-500
Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)+375
Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy)+1000
Olivia Colman (The Father)+2000
Amanda Seyfried(Mank)+3300

Where can I bet on the Oscars?

While Nevada stands as the industry-to-beat when it comes to sports, the Silver State is restricted by the Nevada Gaming Control Board from offering entertainment wagers.

In New Jersey, though, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering Oscars odds on all of the categories.

How can I bet on the Oscars in New Jersey?

First and foremost, obviously, only customers 21 years and older can participate in Oscars betting. You also have to be in New Jersey to bet.

Bettors can wager on the moneyline of which film or person will take home the award within several categories. It’s as easy as just picking who you think will win.

Keep in mind, a negative number beside a name means that person or movie is favored to win. A positive number means that a movie or person is an underdog.

Available markets vary from product to product, but for the most part, each online sportsbook features the top six awards:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress

Need a bit more guidance? Check out the video below:

2020 Oscars nominees for the major categories

Best Picture

  • The Father
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Actor

  • Riz AhmedSound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Anthony HopkinsThe Father
  • Gary OldmanMank
  • Steven YeunMinari

Best Actress

  • Viola DavisMa Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Andra DayThe United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa KirbyPieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormandNomadland
  • Carey MulliganPromising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor

  • Sacha Baron CohenThe Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Daniel KaluuyaJudas and the Black Messiah
  • Leslie Odom Jr.One Night in Miami
  • Paul RaciSound of Metal
  • LaKeith StandfieldJudas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress

  • Maria Bakalova  Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Glenn CloseHillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia ColmanThe Father
  • Amanda SeyfriedMank
  • Yuh-Jung YounMinari

Best Director

  • Thomas Vinterberg Another Round
  • David FincherMank
  • Lee Isaac ChungMinari
  • Chloe Zhao Nomadland
  • Emerald Fennell Promising Young Woman

2021 Oscars odds

Once the nominees are out, NJ sportsbooks will post odds for the categories. We’ll keep tabs on the biggest categories here.

How previous Oscars have gone

Feeling out of the loop when it comes to this year’s Academy Awards? That’s fair. And common.

Of the six big categories, the performer who seems closest to a lock for Oscar gold is Chadwick Boseman for his performance as Levee in Ma Rainey’s Bottom. He’s already won a Critic’s Choice and Golden Globe.

Anthony Hopkins in The Father seems on a similar path to Oscar gold. He’s had 5 nominations and 1 win with best actor in 1991 for The Silence of the Lambs.

Yuh-Jung Youn is currently steamrolling through a stacked Best Supporting Actress field, while Best Supporting Actress seems to be the wild card of the performance categories. Amanda Seyfried could be the big spoiler, however.

What about best picture?  Well, there appear to be three contenders: Nomadland, Trial of the Chicago 7, and Minari. Which ones will shake out on top is still pretty unclear.

Oscar predictions and expert advice

If studying up on movies and Hollywood stardom is not your thing, that’s OK. There are plenty of sites that offer predictions for the awards.

Gold Derby is probably the most well-known of them all. It tracks the entire awards season and, with the help of industry insiders, offers predictions.

Recent Oscars winners

Obviously, this marks the first year in which legal Oscars betting in NJ is a thing.

Let’s take a look, though, at the past five years’ worth of winners in the major categories.

Best Picture

  • 2020: Parasite
  • 2019: Green Book
  • 2018: The Shape of Water
  • 2017: Moonlight
  • 2016: Spotlight

Best Director

  • 2020: Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)
  • 2019: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
  • 2018: Guellermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
  • 2017: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  • 2016: Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)

Best Actress

  • 2020: Renee Zellweger (Judy)
  • 2019: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
  • 2018: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • 2017: Emma Stone (La La Land)
  • 2016: Brie Larson (Room)

Best Actor

  • 2020:Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
  • 2019: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
  • 2018: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
  • 2017: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  • 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Supporting Actress

  • 2020: Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
  • 2019: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • 2018: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
  • 2017: Viola Davis (Fences)
  • 2016: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Best Supporting Actor

  • 2020: Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  • 2019: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
  • 2018: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • 2017: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
  • 2016: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
About the Author

Grant Lucas

Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield, and Oregon State athletics and the Portland Trail Blazers throughout his career.