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What Are The Latest Odds For The Academy Awards Top Categories?

This weekend sees the 93rd Academy Awards, or Oscars as they are also known, being held at Union Station and Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

To celebrate the biggest awards event in the film industry, DraftKings Sportsbook are offering a range of bets on many of the categories that awards are to be given out for on the night. This includes the main award categories of the best actor and actress awards, as well as the best picture and best director.

Now, we have already previewed the fact that DraftKings also have two free-to-play Pool games available for you to compete in if you are a DraftKings customer, simply log in to your account and head to the Pools section on the site to enter for free.

However, if you are more into having a bet on which film, director, actor or actress will be the one standing on stage making an acceptance speech, then check out our preview of the four main Oscar categories below.

DraftKings Sportsbook Oscar Odds – Main Categories

Best Director

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

I am quite surprised to see Thomas Vinterberg rated as the outsider in this quintet of nominees as I think outside of the massive favorite Chloe Zhao, he probably had the strongest shout. Zhao has already landed three big awards, Critics Choice,  Golden Globe and DGA and it would be a massive shock if she does not take home the Oscar for Best Director.

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

Anthony Hopkins picked up the BAFTA award for his performance in The Father, but the feeling in the United States is that the late Chadwick Boseman is very much the clear favorite here after his fine performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Boseman tragically died last August aged just 43 and if he wins, he will be the second posthumous winner of a best actor Oscar, following Peter Finch in Network.

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 Holliday) +600
  • Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman) +2000

Perhaps the most open of all the four main Oscar awards on the night. I was hugely impressed by Carey Mulligan’s performance in Promising Young Woman, but there is a growing feeling that this will be a race between Davis and McDormand. If the latter wins, it will be her third Best Actress Oscar, one behind Katharine Hepburn’s record.

Best Picture

  • Nomadland -670
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 +600
  • Minari +1400
  • Promising Young Woman +1700
  • Judas & The Black Messiah +3300
  • Mank +3300
  • Sound of Metal +5000
  • The Father +10000

Nomadland is the clear favorite to win the coveted Best Motion Picture of the Year award and given that it has already won the PGA, DGA, Golden Globes and BAFTA award in the same category, it is hard to see the academy going against that.

That’s a shame as in a strong year for films, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Minari and Promising Young Woman would probably have all been in with a stronger shout.

However, Nomadland is expected to be the film with the most wins at this year’s Oscars and I think it will end the evening by picking up the biggest prize of the night.

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