About the Oscars

  • When are the Oscars?

    The Oscars 2021 is on Sunday, 28 February 2021.

  • Who is hosting the Oscars?

    The Oscars 2020 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.

Oscars 2021 Betting Odds

As the awards day steadily approaches, we've found the best Oscars bets to make for the biggest awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. These fluctuate throughout the film award season, so keep returning for the latest updates.

  • Top 15 Oscars 2021 Best Picture Odds
  • Top 15 Oscars 2021 Best Director Odds
  • Top 15 Oscars 2021 Best Actor Odds
  • Top 15 Oscars 2021 Best Actress Odds
  • Top 15 Oscars 2021 Best Supporting Actor Odds
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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.

Best Director

Few surprises occur in this category − usually the favorite wins.

Best Actor

The Best Actor Oscar has been won six out of 10 times in the last decade by actors portraying a real person.

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.

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). The 2020 Oscars followed the predictable pattern, with Bong Joon-ho winning the award for Best Director and Best Picture for his film Parasite.
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. The 2020 Oscars was no different, with Joaquin Phoenix winning both Best Actor awards for his role in the film Joker.
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 issues won the Best Actress Oscar. For Renee Zellweger, who in Judy depicted Judy Garland battling her substance abuse and anxiety issues during the last year of her life, the role helped her win the 2020 Best Actress Oscar.
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. 2020 was no different, with Brad Pitt winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and Laura Dern the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Marriage Story.
Oscar awards can reflect mainstream social issues.
The #MeToo movement was in the spotlight during the 2018 Oscars. It caused several actors to miss nominations due to sexually exploitative behavior and an increase in nominations for female-driven films. Similarly, in 2017 the trending #OscarsSoWhite hashtag highlighted the lack of diversity in the Oscars nominations. While the 2020 Oscars awards were also criticized for their lack of diversity in nominations, the Best Picture and Best Director awards went to South Korean director Bong Joon-ho.

OnlineGambling.com 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

The Oscars 2021 hype begins in December, when the Academy announces the shortlisted nominations for each award. Thousands of Academy members then vote in January 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.

  • TBC: Critics' Choice Award nominations announced
  • TBC: Golden Globe nominations announced
  • TBC: Screen Actors Guild Award nominations announced
  • TBC: Oscars shortlists announced
  • TBC: Oscar nominations voting opens
  • TBC: Golden Globes ceremony
  • TBC: Writers Guild of America Awards nominations announced
  • TBC: Oscar nominations voting closes
  • TBC: Critics Choice Awards ceremony
  • TBC: Oscar nominations announced
  • TBC: Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony
  • TBC: Grammy Awards ceremony
  • TBC: Oscar nominees luncheon
  • TBC Final Oscar voting opens
  • TBC: British Academy of Film & Television Arts Awards ceremony
  • TBC: Final Oscar voting closes
  • TBC: Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony
  • Sunday, Feb. 28: 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 Film Editing

    Bohemian Rhapsody

  • 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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