About the Oscars

  • When are the Oscars?

    The 2021 Oscars is scheduled for Sunday, April 25 at 5:00pm PT/8:00pm ET.

  • Who is hosting the Oscars?

    The last two Academy Awards ceremonies had no host, and none have been announced for the 2021 Oscars currently.

  • How to watch the Oscars?

    In the USA, viewers can watch it on ABC. In the UK and Ireland, Oscars fans can watch the event on Sky Cinema or Sky One.

  • Where do the Oscars take place?

    The event will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

  • Will the Oscars be in person?

    Yes, but attendance will be severely restricted. Only presenters, nominees, and guests will be allowed to attend, and all in-person surrounding events have been cancelled.

Kevin Sampson

Kevin Sampson

Producer/Host of Picture Lock

Parasite was an outsider to win Best Picture at the Oscars, mainly because a foreign language film had never won. However, it did win Cannes' top prize, the Palm d'Or, last year. From there, it picked up numerous awards along the road to the Oscars. I'm extremely interested in seeing what this does for the Academy in the future! We've seen the pendulum swing before, i.e., Moonlight wins one year and then Green Book the next year. With a historic win like this, I hope that it keeps the door open for great films to win Best Picture regardless of category, but only time will tell.

Best Oscars Bets to Make

With more than 20 Oscars awards up for grabs, there's plenty of wagering options for bettors to make. Generally, the top four awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress) receive the most bets and publicity in the build-up to the Oscars.

Best Picture

This category is the most hotly contested out of all the Oscars. While the Best Picture Oscar award usually follows a pattern, the Academy sometimes throws a curveball. Nomadland is the favorite in this category, with Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Hollywood heavyweight Aaron Sorkin, coming in at second.

Best Director

Few surprises occur in this category, usually the favorite wins. Chloe Zhao is currently in the lead for Best Director, with her film Nomadland receiving critical acclaim. As Parasite proved last year though, Hollywood opinion can change over the course of awards season.

Best Actor

The Best Actor Oscar has been won seven out of 10 times in the last decade by actors portraying a real person. Only Gary Oldman fits that bill this year, and with strong performances from Chadwick Boseman, Steven Yeun, Riz Ahmed, and Anthony Hopkins, there’s a possibility the Academy will want to shake things up this year.

Best Actress

The winner of the Best Actress award has usually built a reputation of box-office appeal before going on to win an Oscar. Carey Mulligan is currently the favorite and given it’s been 12 years since her last nomination, some may feel this recognition is overdue. With strong performances from previous Oscar winners Viola Davis and Frances McDormand though, this year’s Best Actress award is a tight race.

In addition to the awards, bookmakers also offer Oscar betting odds on the likelihood of an incident happening. These include betting on which actor/actress will drop their Oscar, who will be the "best dressed", and even which recently deceased celebrity will be the first announced in the 'In Memoriam' segment on Oscars night.

Top 5 Oscars Betting Tips & Stats

Predicting Oscar winners is difficult; unlike sports, the awards are decided by a vote of peers. This means a variety of outside factors can influence the votes, and consequently betting odds on the Oscars. After analyzing the winners of the main awards for the last decade however, some patterns emerge:

It is unlikely a film will win Best Picture if it has not also received a nomination for Best Director.
Only two films have won the Oscar for Best Picture without receiving at least a nomination for Best Director too (2019’s Green Book and 2013’s Argo). Four directors and films fit those conditions this year: Emerald Fennel (Promising Young Woman), David Fincher (Mank), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), and Chloe Zhao (Nomadland). For the first time in Oscars history, two female directors have been nominated for Best Director.
The Critics' Choice Awards (CCA) is a good indicator of who will win the Oscar for Best Actor.
A total of 70% of the winners of the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor have proceeded to win the Oscar in the same category. Chadwick Boseman won the 2021 CCA Best Actor award for his superb performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and has been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar this year.
Actresses that play roles exploring mental illness are more likely to win an Oscar.
In fact, 60% of actresses that portrayed a character with mental health struggles won the Best Actress Oscar. It was no different for Renee Zellweger, who won the 2020 Best Actress Oscar for her role in Judy. With Vanessa Kirby, Carey Mulligan, and Frances McDormand all portraying characters experiencing mental trauma, this year’s award will be highly contested.
The Critic's Choice Awards is an even better predictor of who will win the Best Supporting Oscars.
This award has an uncannily accurate track record: 100% of the winners of the Best Supporting Actress CCA went on to win the Oscar for the same category. As for the Best Supporting Actor CCA, 80% of winners went on to win the Oscar in the same category. If this year’s Oscars follows the same pattern, Maria Bakalova of Borat fame and Daniel Kaluuya from Judas and the Black Messiah should take home those golden trophies.
Oscar awards can reflect mainstream social issues.
The #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements were in the spotlight during the 2020 Oscars. Similarly, in 2017 the trending #OscarsSoWhite hashtag highlighted the lack of diversity in the Oscars nominations. This year’s nominations are the most diverse the Academy has ever had, so bettors should expect some new Oscars records to be set in 2021.

Online Gambling provided winning Oscars betting tips for all the biggest Academy Awards nominations in 2020. Stay tuned with us for more analysis and betting tips for the 2021 Oscars.

Carole Lieberman

Carole Lieberman

MD, Media Psychiatrist

When The Joker first came out there were people who were quick to put it down because of the violence. Eventually, they understood that it wasn't gratuitous violence, it was actually a statement about how violent our society has become. Once they "got it", they realised the film and Joaquin Phoenix deserved awards. The Oscars are getting more difficult to predict now: the membership is changing, the political factors, the pressure to include more diversity, and so on.

Oscars 2021 Timeline

Covid has thrown the usual film award season calendar out the window this year. With Oscars night rescheduled for 25 April, two months after its original February date, and with many run-up events canceled or reduced due to the pandemic, this year’s celebrations will be a muted affair. Regardless, all awards will go ahead in 2021 through a mixture of live streaming and in-person ceremonies.

This year the Oscars 2021 hype began in February, when the Academy announced the shortlisted nominations for each award. Once the formal nominations have been released, thousands of Academy members then vote in March and April 2021, before the awards are announced on Oscars night.

During this period additional film award events, such as the Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild, take place. The winners of these awards influence Oscar betting odds, so keep the following dates in mind before making any wagers.

  • Monday, Feb. 1: Critics Choice Award (CCA) nominations open
  • Friday, Feb. 5: Critics Choice Award nominations close
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3: Golden Globe nominations announced
  • Thursday, Feb. 4: Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations announced
  • Monday, Feb. 8: Critics Choice Award nominations announced
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9: Oscars shortlists announced
  • Fri.-Wed., Mar. 5-10: Oscar nominations voting
  • Sunday, Mar. 7: Critics Choice Awards ceremony
  • Monday, Mar. 8: Producers Guild of America Awards nominations
  • Tuesday, Mar. 9: British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards nominations
  • Tuesday, Mar. 9: Directors Guild of America Awards nominations
  • Monday, Mar. 15: Oscar nominations announced
  • Sunday, Apr. 4: Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony
  • Saturday, Apr. 10: Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony
  • Sunday, Apr. 11: BAFTA Awards ceremony
  • Thursday, Apr. 15: Oscar nominees luncheon
  • Thurs.-Tue., Apr. 15-20: Final Oscar voting window closes
  • Thursday, Apr. 22: Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony
  • Sunday, Apr. 25: Oscars ceremony

Who Won the 2020 Oscars?

The biggest shake-up of the 2020 Oscars night was South Korean film Parasite winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the first non-English language film to win the award in the entire history of the Oscars. Many celebrated its win as a mark of change for an awards event frequently criticized for its lack of diversity.

Other noteworthy events on the night include Brad Pitt winning his first Oscar for acting after three nominations, for his supporting role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. See the full winners of the 2020 Oscars below:

  • Best Picture


  • Best Actress

    Renee Zellweger - Judy

  • Best Actor

    Joaquin Phoenix - Joker

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Laura Dern - Marriage Story

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Brad Pitt - Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

  • Best Director

    Bong Joon-ho - Parasite

  • Best Original Screenplay

    Parasite - Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin Won

  • Best Adapted Screenplay

    Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi

  • Best Animated Feature

    Toy Story 4

  • Best Documentary Feature

    American Factory

  • Best International Feature

    Parasite - South Korea

  • Best Original Song

    (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again - Rocketman (Elton John & Bernie Taupin)

  • Best Original Score

    Joker - Hildur Guðnadóttir

  • Best Cinematography

    1917 - Roger Deakins

  • Best Visual Effects

    1917 - Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler & Dominic Tuohy

  • Best Film Editing

    Ford v Ferrari - Michael McCusker & Andrew Buckland

  • Best Costume Design

    Little Women - Jacqueline Durran

  • Best Sound Editing

    Ford v Ferrari - Donald Sylvester

  • Best Sound Mixing

    1917 - Mark Taylor & Stuart Wilson

  • Best Production Design

    Once Upon A Time in Hollywood - Barbara Ling & Nancy Haigh

  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    Bombshell - Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan & Vivian Baker

  • Best Live-Action Short Film

    The Neighbors' Window

  • Best Animated Short

    Hair Love

  • Best Documentary Short

    Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)

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  • Can you bet on the Oscars?

    Bettors will find the biggest bookmakers all offer odds on the Oscars each year. Currently, only New Jersey and Indiana have legalized betting on the Oscars, so bettors outside of these states will not be able to wager on the event. Those living outside the USA should check the online gambling laws of their country of residence for more detail.

  • How do you gamble at the Oscars?

    Bettors can make wagers on the Oscars like they would with any sportsbook. Simply find a bookmaker offering Oscars odds and choose your preferred bet. Decide on the amount you wish to bet, click ‘Pay’, and the bookmaker will process the payment and confirm your wager.

  • Are the Oscars real gold?

    According to the Academy, the statuettes are cast in bronze and then plated in 24-carat gold.

  • Do Oscar nominees get paid?

    No, but they do receive goody bags worth up to six figures. Luxury holidays, clothes, gadgets, and other valuable items frequently appear in the bags every year.

  • How much is an Oscar worth?

    $1. The Academy’s regulations state any winner that wants to sell their statuette must first offer to sell it back to them for $1. This ensures the awards are kept out of circulation and keeps their exclusivity intact. Given the awards are plated in 24-carat gold though, the actual value of an Oscar is much more than $1.

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