Betting Odds for the 2011 Oscars

Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

Betting Odds for the 2011 Oscars

If you’re the type of person who bets on everything in order to “make it more interesting,” you should find this article about betting odds for the 2011 Oscars to be of interest. That’s right, folks, handicappers around the globe have examined the merits of everyone from Christian Bale to Natalie Portman, and now they’re ready to take your wagers.

Personally, I have no use for gambling, but the following odds do provide an interesting insight into who might come out on top during Oscar night. Oddsmakers approach their craft with a great deal of care (I always think of Robert De Niro from Casino), so you can rest assured that their picks are backed up by plenty of research.

In each category, I’ve listed the nominees in order of their odds. Those who are favored to win go on top, and those with the least chance go on the bottom. And just in case the plus and minus signs confuse you, here’s a simple explanation to keep in mind:

Now that we’ve got that settled, let’s dive in and take a look at the betting odds for the 2011 Oscars:

2011 Academy Award for Best Picture

2011 Academy Award for Best Actor

2011 Academy Award for Best Actress

2011 Academy Award for Best Director

2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

2011 Academy Awards Prop Bets

In addition to picking the specific winners in each category, many sportsbooks will let you make prop bets. These bets are all about predicting certain events. For example, prop bets during the Super Bowl might include how many touchdowns will be scored by a specific player or whether or not the opening kickoff will be run back for a touchdown.

When it comes to the 2011 Oscars, there are a trio of prop bets available (at least from the website I looked at):

When it comes to thanking God/family/Academy first, the winner of the 2011 Best Director Oscar is the least likely to do so according to the odds. As far as crying during their acceptance speech, the least likely candidates are the Best Director and Best Actor winners. Not surprisingly, those deemed most likely to weep come from the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. Let’s just hope we don’t get an anguished bout of crying like the one provided by Gwyneth Paltrow after winning for Shakespeare in Love.

That concludes our look at the betting odds for the 2011 Oscars. While I wouldn‘t encourage anyone to gamble with professional bookies, the list above still comes in handy for determining the current favorites. If you’re taking part in an Oscar pool with friends and/or co-workers, this might be your last chance to get a leg up on the competition. Of course, these numbers will change as the event draws closer and people place their wagers, so there’s no telling what they’ll finally look like. But you can be certain of one thing: the bookies will be the real winners at the end of the night.

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