The 91st Academy Awards are nearly here and Oscar fever is fully underway. With the fall film festivals giving us a glimpse of the main contenders it will be up to the 7,000 members to vote on the twenty-four categories.
Traditionally, the film critics, the Screen Actor Guild Awards and the Golden Globes have given us the best insight into who will take home the coveted prize, but with the rise of social media buzz and the Academy’s changing demographics it’s now harder to predict the winners.
However, one traditional outlet that seems to get it right each year and update their predictions are the bookies! So we’ve taken a look at some of the top sites via the Oscars betting related website to bring you the most up-to-date predictions.
BEST PICTURE: A Star Is Born
Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born, is sitting on top of the pile but Roma, BlacKkKlansman, Green Book and First Man are also in contention for an Oscar nod. A Quiet Place might also sneak into the lineup.
BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron
Alfonso Cuaron is the overwhelming favorite to take the best director accolade for Roma. He also won the Oscar for Best Director and Best Film Editing in 2013 for Gravity so this isn’t his first rodeo – unlike Bradley Cooper who’s making his directorial debut with A Star Is Born.
BEST ACTOR: Christian Bale
The bookies have Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born at the top right now but Christian Bale is creeping behind him with his extraordinary transformation into Dick Cheney for Vice. We’re tipping Bale.
BEST ACTRESS: Lady Gaga
Glenn Close (The Wife), Viola Davis (Widows), Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) are hotly tipped, but Lady Gaga is odds-on to take the golden statuette for her role as Ally Maine in A Star Is Born.
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali
Timothee Chalamet (Beautiful Boy), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me) are in the running with Sam Elliott (A Star is Born). But it’s Mahershala Ali (Green Book) that is pipping it at the moment.
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams or Regina King
Amy Adams (Vice) and Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) seem to be in a two-way battle for this Academy Award. Looks like the critics, bookies and social media are also divided so this one is too close to call!
Best Original Screenplay: The Favourite
The Favourite is the favourite! Vice, Green Book, Roma, Bohemian Rhapsody, Isle of Dogs, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Eighth Grade are likely to be contenders and worth following. But The Favourite is top of the predictions.
For all the other seventeen categories check back to our page for more updates in the links attached.
The Academy Awards Trivia: The first Academy Awards were in 1929 with fifteen awards. Now there are twenty-four award categories and it has been televised every year since 1953.