Academy Awards Betting At NJ Online Sports Betting Sites

A complete guide to betting on the 2020 Oscars in New Jersey
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In New Jersey, you can now bet on the Academy Awards.

In fact, the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement gave retail and online sportsbooks in the Garden State approval to start taking bets on the Oscars.

This means, if you feel strongly about the chances of one particular Best Picture nominee or are pretty sure you know who will take home the Oscar for Best Actress, you can now put some money on it.

Of course, you still need to be 21 or older and within New Jersey state lines to turn your Academy Award predictions into Oscar bets.

However, as long as that’s the case, some NJ online sports betting sites will be happy to take your Oscars action.

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2021 Oscar odds

Here is a look at the NJ sportsbook odds for the six biggest categories at this year’s Oscars.

Last updated April 19

Best Picture

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

Best Director

NomineesDraftKings
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

NomineesDraftKings
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

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

NomineesDraftKings
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

When is the 2021 Oscars ceremony?

The 93rd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, April 25. As usual, the event will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

ABC will broadcast the ceremony as well as have it available for streaming on all of ABC’s streaming services.

Key dates for awards season

The ceremony is not the only important date in Oscars betting. There are several awards ceremonies in January and February that serve as good indicators of which nominees are the favorites to win an Oscar. The Producers Guild of America (PGA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), Writers Guild of America (WGA), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) all have good track records of predicting the big winners.

If the calendar feels fast-paced, you are not wrong. The movie awards season is roughly two weeks shorter than normal, with less than a month between the Oscar nominations and the ceremony. With less time for backlashes to rise up against the frontrunners, we are going to guess it is a pretty chalky awards season.

Here is a look at the important days on the calendar:

March 21: WGA Awards
April 11: BAFTA Awards

View the 2021 Oscars Nominees

2021 Academy Awards nominees

Best Picture

Winner: Nomadland 

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

Best Actor

Winner: Anthony Hopkins – The Father 

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 
Gary Oldman – Mank
Steven Yeun- Minari

Best Actress

Winner: Frances McDormand  – Nomadland

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 
Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman 
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman 

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7 
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami 
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal
LaKeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Maria Bakalova- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman – The Father
Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Best Director

Winner: Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round
David Fincher – Mank 
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari 
Emerald Fennell- Promising Young Woman 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: The Father 

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 
Nomadland 
One Night in Miami 
The White Tiger 

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Promising Young Woman

Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari 
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7 

Best Animated Feature

Winner: Soul 

Onward
Over the Moon 
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon 
Wolfwalkers

Best Cinematography

Winner: Mank

Judas and the Black Messiah
News of the World
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago 7 

Best Film Editing

Winner: Sound of Metal 

The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Trial of  the Chicago 7 

Sound 

Winner: Sound of Metal

Greyhound
Mank
News of the World
Soul

Best Production Design

Winner: Mank

The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 
News of the World
Tenet 

Best Foreign Film

Winner: Another Round

Better Days 
Collective 
The Man Who Sold His Skin
Quo Vidas, Aida?

Best Original Score

Winner: Soul 

Da 5 Bloods 
Mank
Minari 
News of the World

Best Original Song

Winner: “Fight For You,” Judas and the Black Messiah

“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7 
“Husavik,” Eurovision Song Contest 
“Io Sì,” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami

Best Makeup and Hair

Winner: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 

Emma
Hillbilly Elegy 
Mank 
Pinocchio

Best Costume Design

Winner: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Emma
Mank
Mulan
Pinocchio

Best Visual Effects

Winner: Tenet 

Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan 

Best Documentary Feature

Winner: My Octopus Teacher 

Collective 
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
Time

Best Documentary Short Subject

Winner: Colette 

A Concerto in Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward 
A Love Song For LaTasha 

Best Live Action Short Film

Winner: Two Distant Strangers 

Feeling Through 
The Letter Room 
The Present 
White Eye

Oscars Betting Tips

Best Picture and Best Director Are Not The Same

For many years, it was generally a given that whoever won Best Director would also win Best Picture. In the 93 years of the Academy Awards, the awards matched 70% of the time. However, of the 27 times the two awards split, five of them have come in the past seven years. Since 2000, there has been a split between the awards 45% of the time.

Imitation is the sincerest way to win an Oscar

If you want to win an acting Oscar, find a real person to play. Since 2000, 12 of the 19 Best Actor winners won for playing real people. Ten of the Best Actress winners were in biographical roles. This year, nine of the 20 acting nominees played real people.

The Write stuff

If a Best Picture nominee does not score a screenplay nomination, it faces a serious uphill battle to win the Oscar. Since 1936, there have only been four Best Pictures with a screenplay nod, and one of them was Hamlet. The last film to accomplish the feat was Titanic in 1997.

Ignore the Golden Globes

While the Golden Globes are considered the first big predictor of Oscars success, its track record for Best Picture is not great, especially considering they have two film winners in the Drama and Musical or Comedy categories. Still, since 2000, the Globes have not anointed an eventual Best Picture winner over half of the time.

This year women and AAPCs could make history

So far, Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to win the Best Director Oscar. However, this year, there are two female nominees, Emerald Fenell and Chloe Zhao. Zhao is considered the frontrunner for her film, Nomadland. Zhao and Minari director Lee Isaac-Chung are only the sixth and seventh individuals of Asian descent to be nominated in the category. However, since 2005, Asian directors have won three times. Ang Lee won twice, in 2005 and 2012. Bong Joon-Ho won last year for Parasite.

Repeat acting wins are tough

Only 43 people have won multiple acting Oscars. Of those, 32 of them won these awards in the past century. Christoph Waltz and Mahershela Ali have managed to pull it off recently, but they are the exception, not the rule. Viola Davis could mark a trend this year if she wins for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. There are five acting nominees who could become repeat winners this year.

Major Awards: Nominees and Winners

Golden Globes

Best Motion Picture – Drama:

Winner: Nomadland 

The Father
Mank
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Winner: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Hamilton
Music
Palm Springs
The Prom

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Winner: Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday 

Viola Davis –  Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Winner:  Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Gary Oldman –  Mank
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Winner: Rosamund Pike – I Care A Lot

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kae Hudson – Music
Michelle Pfeiffer – French Exit
Anya Taylor-Joy – Emma.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Winner: Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 

James Corden – The Prom
Lin -Manuel Miranda- Hamilton
Dev Patel – The Personal History of  David Copperfield
Andy Samberg – Palm Springs

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture:

Winner: Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman – The Father
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Helena Zengel – News of the World

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture:

Winner: Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah 

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Jared Leto – The Little Things
Bill Murray – On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr.  –  One Night in Miami

Best Director – Motion Picture:

Winner: Chloe Zhao – Nomadland 

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
David Fincher – Mank
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Regina King – Once Night in Miami

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

Winner: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari
One Night in Miami

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Winner: Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Gary Oldman – Mank
Steven Yeun – Minari

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Winner: Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Amy Adams – Hillbilly Elegy
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand -Nomadland
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Winner: Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of The Chicago 7
Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods
Jared Leto  – The Little Things
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Winner: Yuh-Jung Youn -Minari

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
Olvia Colman – The Father
Helena Zengel – News of the World

 

 

Producers Guild of America Awards

Winner:  Nomadland 

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Judas and the Black Messiah
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Minari
One Night in Miami
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Promising Young Woman

Directors Guild of America Awards

Winner: Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari 
Emerald Fennell –  Promising Young Woman
David Fincher  –  Mank
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

BAFTA Awards

Best Film:

Winner: Nomadland

The Father 
The Mauritanian
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director:

Winner: Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round 
Shannon Murphy – Babyteeth
Lee Isaac  Chung- Minari
Sarah Gavron- Rocks
Jasmila Zbanic – Quo Vadis, Aida?

Leading Actress:

Winner: Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Bukky Bakray – Rocks
Radha Blank – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Vanessa Kirby  – Pieces of a Woman
Wunmi Mosaku – His House
Alfre Woodard – Clemency

Leading Actor:

Winner: Anthony Hopkins- The Father

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger
Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

Supporting Actor:

Winner: Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah

Barry Keoghan – Calm with Horses
Alan Kim – Minari
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami
Clarke Peters – Da 5 Bloods
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Supporting Actress:

Winner: Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Niamh Algar – Calm with Horses
Kosar Ali – Rocks
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Dominique Fishback – Judas and the Black Messiah
Ashley Madekwe – County Lines

Writers Guild of America Awards

Best Original Screenplay:

Winner: Promising Young Woman 

Judas and the Black Messiah
Palm Springs
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Winner:  Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
News of the World
One Night in Miami
The White Tiger

How to bet on the Oscars

Betting on the Oscars through any of the NJ sportsbook apps offering Oscars betting could not be easier.

The sportsbooks will each have an award category posted with a full list of nominees under it.

Beside each nominee is a number. Think of this number like the moneyline for a sporting event. If the number is negative (-), that nominee is a favorite to win. In fact, the number represents how much you will need to bet to win $100 plus your bet back.

For example, say DraftKings Sportsbook has The Trial of the Chicago 7 as the favorite to win Best Picture in 2021. If the number beside The The Trial of the Chicago 7 on the site is -175 that means you’ll need to bet $175 to win $100, plus your $175 back.

However, if the number is positive (+), that nominee is an underdog to win and the number represents how much you will win for every $100 you bet.

For example, DraftKings has The Father as a big underdog to win the Best Picture Oscar. The number beside The Father on the site is a whopping +8000. That means a $100 bet will pay out a stellar $8,100 if it wins Best Picture.

Just pick the winners

It’s simple; all you need to do is pick the winners. And, if you’re right, you’ll get paid according to the posted odds at the time you made a bet, which you will find under your current bets on your account.

DraftKings is taking bets on almost every category so that you can bet on everything from best film editing and best song to best foreign language film as well.

Top NJ sportsbooks to bet on the Oscars

In previous years, several online and mobile NJ sportsbooks offered odds on the Oscars. As of April 1, DraftKings is the only one offering Oscar odds. Just put a toe in New Jersey and the app will allow you to place bets on the Oscars.

However, you’ll need to sign up for an account first.

DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook is taking bets on all of the Oscar categories.

Sign up for an account through this exclusive DraftKings Sportsbook link, to get your bonus up to $1,000.

 

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