On the whole, the 92nd Academy Awards on February 9, 2020, could be among the most competitive in the history of the event. Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California will once again be the host venue. ABC will televise all of the intrigues. So far Joker is a lead Academy Award betting favorite with 11 nominations. This year the Oscars will be held earlier than normal. Normally the Academy Awards used to be held in late February. Specifically, Stephanie Allain and Lynette Howell Taylor are producing. Glen Weiss will direct. Similarly, to last year there won’t be a host.
Overall the Best Picture category will be among the most challenging handicap. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opened as a 7/1 favorite. The Irishman and Parasite opened as first among equals at 15/2. Next is 1917 at 8/1, Marriage Story at 17/2, and Jojo Rabbit on 9/2. The aforementioned Joker is at 10/1 with Little Women at 23/2. Ford vs. Ferrari is a 16/1 choice with Knives Out at 44/1.
Namely, Martin Scorsese and Bong Joon Ho opened as online betting Co-favorite for Best Director at 39/10. Scorsese directed The Irishman and Ho was director of “Parasite”. Next is Quentin Tarantino at 4/1 for directing “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Sam Mendes is at 9/2 for his direction of 1917. And Greta Gerwig of Little Women is a 13/1 selection.
For the category of Best Actress, the parity of the opening odds is a portent of high drama in its own right. First, Renee Zellweger opened as a 17/5 chalk for her role in Judy. Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson are 4/1 choices. To show, Theron starred in Bombshell and Johansson in Marriage Story. Saoirse Ronan is a 6/1 selection for her ole in Little Women. While Awkwafina is a 15/2 betting choice for her place in the picture The Farewell.
As was previously noted Joker is the lead Academy Awards Betting Picture for nominations. Joaquin Phoenix opened as a 10/3 favorite as Best Actor for his role in Joker. Marriage Story has plenty of support as well and Adam Driver is a 19/5 choice. Additionally, Leonardo DiCaprio is a 5/1 pick for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Antonio Banderas of Pain and Glory is a 13/2 selection for Best Actor. Taron Egerton is a 17/2 underdog for Rocketman.
Best Supporting Actress
From this point comes the Best Supporting Actress with Laura Dern at 82/25. Dern is being recognized for her role in Marriage Story. Jennifer Lopez of Hustlers and Margot Robbie of Bombshell are 9/2 selections. Simultaneously Florence Pugh of Little Women is a 6/1 pick. “JoJo Rabbit” also has a nominee in the person of Scarlett Johansson at 8/1.
Best Supporting Actor
Following that is Brad Pitt at 82/25 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Al Pacino is at 4/1 with Joe Pesci at 9/2 for their parts in “The Irishman”. Correlate Tom Hanks at 5/1 for his supporting role in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Song Kang Ho is a 9/1 pick for Parasite.
Summing up, it’s interesting to note that Avengers Endgame has only one nomination despite a lead of over $858,000,000 in domestic Box Office gross. Compared to that is the Joker with over $334,000,000 in gross revenue.