Oscar season is underway in New Jersey. This time with the ability to get skin in on the game.
For the first time in US sports betting history, regulated sportsbooks can now offer wagers on the Academy Awards.
The NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement told NJ sports betting operators late last month that they were allowed to accept bets on the 91st Academy Awards, which are slated for Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. PT (that’s 8 p.m. in New Jersey).
Over the next several weeks, 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.
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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, 10 mobile sportsbooks feature Oscars odds:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- BetStars NJ
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- PointsBet NJ
- Hard Rock
- William Hill NJ
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
The exceptions to this rule are DraftKings and SugarHouse, which only feature Best Picture odds.
2019 Oscars odds
Below are the current odds at NJ online sports betting sites for the top six award categories. The odds vary wildly so you will want to shop around before placing a bet. All odds are as of Feb. 14.
Best Picture Odds
|Roma||Green Book||The Favourite||BlackKklansman||A Star Is Born||Black Panther||Bohemian Rhapsody||Vice|
Best Director Odds
|Alfonso Cuaron||Spike Lee||Yorgos Lanthimos||Adam McKay||Pawel Pawlikowski|
Best Actress Odds
|Glenn Close||Olivia Colman||Lady Gaga||Yalitza Aparico||Melissa McCarthy|
Best Actor Odds
|Rami Malek||Christian Bale||Bradley Cooper||Viggo Mortensen||Willem Dafoe|
Best Supporting Actress Odds
|Regina King||Amy Adams||Rachel Weisz||Emma Stone||Marina de Tavira|
Best Supporting Actor Odds
|Mahershala Ali||Richard E. Grant||Sam Elliott||Adam Driver||Sam Rockwell|
How previous Oscars have gone
Feeling out of the loop when it comes to this year’s Academy Awards? That’s fair. And common.
For what it’s worth, and as shown by the moneyline, “Roma” appears to be the runaway favorite for Best Picture, as it has already claimed 15 awards in similar categories at various guilds. Contenders “The Favourite” and “Green Book” have won six and four awards, respectively, in similar categories.
Alfonso Cuaron has cleaned up as best director, piling up 25 critics’ awards for his work on “Roma.” Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) has won three such awards.
As for best actor and actress categories: favorite Rami Malek of “Bohemian Rhapsody” has won three times at critics’ awards, though Christian Bale (“Vice”) has five victories. A similar pattern emerges in Best Actress, as favored Glenn Close (“The Wife”) has just two wins, compared with 11 by Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) and five by Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”).
Of the finalists for Best Supporting Actress, only two have multiple wins at critics’ awards. Regina Kings (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) has 28 victories, and Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) has won four times.
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) has won best supporting actor 14 times at various awards shows. Among the other finalists, Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) has eight wins, and Sam Elliott (“A Star Is Born”) has five.
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.
- 2018: The Shape of Water
- 2017: Moonlight
- 2016: Spotlight
- 2015: Birdman
- 2014: 12 Years a Slave
- 2018: Guellermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
- 2017: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
- 2016: Alejandro G. Inarritu (The Revenant)
- 2015: Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman)
- 2014: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
- 2018: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
- 2017: Emma Stone (La La Land)
- 2016: Brie Larson (Room)
- 2015: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
- 2014: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
- 2018: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
- 2017: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
- 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
- 2015: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
- 2014: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Supporting Actress
- 2018: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
- 2017: Viola Davis (Fences)
- 2016: Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
- 2015: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
- 2014: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Supporting Actor
- 2018: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
- 2017: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
- 2016: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
- 2015: J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
- 2014: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)