Who Will Win Big At The Oscars, According To Online Bookies
It's Oscar weekend in Los Angeles, which means Hollywood and Highland is a traffic no go, Sunday morning hair and makeup appointments are worth their weight in gold, and winner predictions dominate conversation amongst the antsy locals.
So who will win big during the 89th Annual Academy Awards? Here's how the world is betting, according to online bookies.
According to Oddschecker, an online betting odds comparison service, La La Land is heavily favored for the Best Picture category. The day after the film swept the Golden Globes, Oddschecker put up a post declaring that the film's Oscar odds had dramatically shortened:
Last night’s reaction to La La Land has had a real impact on the odds ahead of the Academy awards at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday February 26. The film has come in from 1/2 yesterday to as short as 1/5 to win Best Picture, Moonlight remains second favourite at 5/1 having picked up Best Motion Picture (Drama) last night.
For those not familiar with how betting odds work, let's take a quick look at La La Land's current odds (1-to-5) to explain. Basically, for every $5 you bet on La La Land winning Best Picture, you'll win $1, plus the return of your stake (if it does, indeed, win). Conversely, Moonlight's 5-to-1 Best Picture odds mean that for every $1 you bet on the film winning, you'll receive $5 if it actually takes home the trophy. Make sense?
Paddy Power—the same online betting site that made international headlines when they started offering odds as low as 2-to-1 that Trump will be impeached in his first term—is offering 29 different betting markets for this weekend's ceremony, ranging from all individual categories, to things like which films will win the most awards in total. Paddy Power currently has Casey Affleck as the favorite to win Best Actor (4-to-7), Emma Stone for Best Actress (1-to-6), Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor (1-to-10) and Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress (with a whopping 1-to-50).
Paddy Power is also putting the chances of La La Land winning more than nine Oscars at 1-to-2.
Here are all their Best Picture odds:
And a breakdown of the Best Picture odds from a variety of online betting sites, courtesy of Oddschecker.