Academy Awards Betting At NJ Online Sports Betting Sites

A complete guide to betting on the 2020 Oscars in New Jersey

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, but just for 2019.

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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2020 Oscar odds

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

Last updated Feb. 9

Best Picture

Nominee DraftKingsFOX BetFanDuel Sportsbook
1917-167-162-180
Parasite+175+165+185
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood+1,100+1,200+1,100
Joker+1,400+2,800+1,300
Jojo Rabbit+8,000+3,500+3,400
The Irishman+6,600+8,000+6,500
Marriage Story+10,000+10,000+7,500
Little Women +15,000+15,000+10,000
Ford v. Ferrari+25,000+20,000+8,000

Best Director

NomineesDraftKingsFOX BetFanDuel Sportsbook
Sam Mendes (1917)-278-450-400
Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)+125+300+300
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)+2,000+1,600+1,400
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)+5,000+7,500+3,000
Todd Phillips (Joker)+5,000+7,500+4,000

Best Actor

NomineesDraftKingsFOX BetFanDuel Sportsbook
Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)-5,000-10,000-4,000
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)+1,000+1,300+1,200
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)+3,300+5,00+3,400
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)+5,000+7,500+5,000
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)+6,600+8,000+6,000

Best Actress

NomineesDraftKingsFOX BetFanDuel Sportsbook
Renee Zellweger (Judy)-2,500-5,000-2,000
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)+1,000+1,300+1,100
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)+2,000+3,000+2,000
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)+2,500+5,000+3,400
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)+3,300+4,000+5,000

Best Supporting Actor

NomineesDraftKingsFOX BetFanDuel Sportsbook
Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)-2,500-20,000-2,500
Joe Pesci (The Irishman) +1,000+2,200+1,300
Al Pacino (The Irishman)+2,000+5,000+2,800
Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)+2,500+6,600+2,500
Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)+3,300+10,000+5,000

Best Supporting Actress

NomineesDraftKingsFOX BetFanDuel Sportsbook
Laura Dern (Marriage Story)-2,500-5,000-1,500
Margot Robbie (Bombshell)+1,200+2,200+1,200
Florence Pugh (Little Women) +1,400+2,200+1,600
Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)+2,000+2,000+1,800
Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)+5,000+8,000+4,200

When is the 2020 Oscars ceremony?

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9. 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:

Feb. 1: WGA Awards
Feb. 2: BAFTA Awards

Joker leads with 11 nominations

Now that the Oscar nominations are out, forecasting winners can really get underway.

After early awards favored 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the nominations gave Joker a momentum boost. The riff on the Batman story led the way with the most nominations at 11. While having the most nominations helps, it doesn’t guarantee Best Picture success. In the past 10 years, the films with most nominations have won the top award three times.

Last year, it was Roma and The Favourite who led the pack with 10 nominees each. Roma won three statues, including Best Director, while The Favourite’s lone win came for Best Actress for Olivia Colman.

View the 2020 Oscars Nominees

2020 Academy Awards nominees

Best Picture
1917
Ford vs. Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Actor
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Best Actress
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saorise Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger – Judy

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Best Director
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Sam Mendes – 1917
Todd Phillips – Joker
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Best Original Screenplay
1917
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Cinematography
1917
The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Film Editing
Ford vs. Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Best Sound Editing
1917
Ford vs. Ferrari
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Sound Mixing
1917
Ad Astra
Ford vs. Ferrari
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Production Design
1917
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Foreign Film
Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Miserable
The Neighbors’ Window Saria
A Sister

Best Original Score
1917
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Original Song
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
“Stand Up,” Harriet

Best Makeup and Hair
1917
Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Best Costume Design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Visual Effects
1917
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Documentary Feature
American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best Documentary Short Subject
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Live Action Short Film
Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
Saria
A Sister

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 91 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 47% 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 18 Best Actor winners won for playing real people. Nine of the Best Actress winners were in biographical roles. Last year, 12 of the 20 acting nominees played real people, as did three of the four winners.

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 half of the time.

International films are foreign to Best Picture

With Roma’s big splash last year and Parasite in the running this year, it is worth taking a look at how often a foreign language film wins Best Picture. Only 11 foreign-language films have ever been nominated for Best Picture. All 11 of them lost. If you’re wondering about the French film The Artist, it was made in France, but released in English, so does not qualify as a foreign language film.

Repeat acting wins are tough

With a film like The Irishman stocked up on Oscar-winning actors, we are going to have plenty of repeat nominees. Winning two acting Oscars is tough. Only 42 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.

Major Awards: Nominees and Winners

Golden Globes

Best Motion Picture – Drama:

Winner: 1917

The Irishman
Joker
Marriage Story
The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Winner: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Dolemite Is My Name
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Rocketman

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

Winner: Renee Zellweger – Judy

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell

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

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Christian Bale – Ford vs. Ferrari
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

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

Winner: Awkwafina – The Farewell

Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Ana de Armas – Knives Out
Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart
Emma Thompson – Late Night

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

Winner: Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Daniel Craig – Knives Out
Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name

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

Winner: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
Annette Bening – The Report
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Margot Robbie – Bombshell

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

Winner: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Best Director – Motion Picture:

Winner: Sam Mendes – 1917

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Todd Phillips – Joker
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
Bombshell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Christian Bale – Ford vs. Ferrari
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Winner: Renee Zellweger – Judy

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Winner: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Winner: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson- Jojo Rabbit
Nicole Kidman – Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Margot Robbie – Bombshell

 

 

Producers Guild of America Awards

Winner: 1917

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Knies Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Directors Guild of America Awards

Winner: Sam Mendes – 1917

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

BAFTA Awards

Best Film:

Winner: 1917

The Irishman
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Director:

Winner: Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite

Leading Actress:

Winner: Renee Zellweger – Judy

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose
Scarlett Johansson  – Marriage Story
Saorise Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Leading Actor:

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Supporting Actor:

Winner: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tom Hanks – Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Supporting Actress:

Winner: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Margo Robbie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Writers Guild of America Awards

Best Original Screenplay:

Winner: Parasite

1917
Booksmart
Knives Out
Marriage Story

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Winner: Jojo Rabbit

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The Irishman
Joker
Little Women

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 Irishman as the favorite to win Best Picture in 2020. If the number beside The Irishman 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, say FanDuel Sportsbook has Joker as a big underdog to win the Best Picture Oscar. Say the number beside Joker on the site is a whopping +5000. That means a $100 bet will pay out a stellar $5,100 if Joker 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.

Some NJ sportsbooks are only taking bets on the big six Academy Awards categories, including:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress

However, there are others that will take 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. Several NJ sportsbooks offer odds on every category.

How to find the best Oscar odds

You’re going to want to shop around to get the best price on your Oscars picks; different sportsbooks will post different odds.

For example, while most NJ sportsbooks have Roma as the favorite to win best picture, the prices vary. Roma is -175 on FanDuel Sportsbook. However, the film is -167 on SugarHouse, and further reduced -130 on William Hill.

Additionally, NJ sportsbooks are also offering some real value.

For example, Alfonso Cuarón won the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement at the Directors Guild of America Awards in 2019. That made him a massive favorite to win the Oscar for Best Director.

However, that also means the prices on the category’s underdogs were better than ever.

Here’s how they looked on FanDuel Sportsbook:

  • Spike Lee: +750
  • Pawel Pawlikowski: +2400
  • Adam McKay: +2400
  • Yorgos Lanthimos: +2800

Top NJ sportsbooks to bet on the Oscars

Just put a toe in New Jersey and there are several online and mobile NJ sportsbooks that will allow you to place bets on the Oscars.

However, you’ll need to sign up for an account first. Here is a handy list of sportsbooks with Oscars betting and the categories they include.

DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook is taking bets only on the best picture Oscar winner.

Sign up for an account through this exclusive DraftKings Sportsbook link, make a deposit and you’ll get your first bet matched up to $500.

FOX Bet

FOX Bet is taking bets on the big six Academy Awards categories.

Additionally, you’ll get another free $50 bet when you bet another $150. Plus, you can do this eight more times, which gives you a total of $500 in free bets. Continue to make bets on BetStars and they’ll give you a free bet every week as well.

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Sportsbook has lines posted for just about every Oscars category.

Sign up for an account through this exclusive FanDuel Sportsbook link and you’ll be eligible for a refund of up to $500 on your first bet.

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