Oscar Odds 2020

The Academy Awards remain the glitziest entertainment awards event of the year, drawing the biggest superstars and the greatest cinema artists to Hollywood. Our Oscar predictions preview cover the most popular categories for the Academy Awards in 2020, including the favorites to win best film and the most likely underdog candidates.

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The Oscar odds in 2020 will likely revolve around a narrative surrounding Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman versus Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, directed by Quentin Tarantino. This is everyone's Oscars predictions for this year. These two titans of Hollywood will clash in the best movie and best director departments, setting the stage for the biggest show business awards on the planet.

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Oscars 2020 Best Picture 

Best Picture BetWay Bet365 Spin Palace Sports


3.50 3.50 3.50

 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

3.50 3.50 3.50


4.00 4.00 4.00

The Irishman

5.00 5.00 5.00


9.00 9.00 9.00

The Irishman serves as Martin Scorsese farewell tour for his own personal gangster genre, with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino bringing the mob epic to life. It will be interesting to see if the distribution disagreement embroiling Netflix and big movie theatre chains will end up complicating matters for this film.

Out of all the favourites in our Oscar predictions 2020 list, Joker and The Irishman have made the biggest splash in terms of generating controversy, which may work against them if Academy voters choose to avoid films with a lot of off-screen baggage. If this is the case, Quentin Tarantino may end up receiving a boost.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is similar to The Irishman in the sense that they’re both elegies to beloved movie eras and genres.

However, Tarantino stuck to a more traditional route to get his vision on screen, including a full theatrical release and the lack of facial ageing technology. There’s a good chance that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will gain momentum over the next couple of months, providing a great betting opportunity with Oscar betting odds of 9.00. 

Best Director Oscar

Best Picture BetWay Bet365 Spin Palace Sports

Sam Mendes

2.50 2.50 2.50

Bong Joon Ho

2.75 2.75 2.75

 Martin Scorsese 

5.00 5.00 5.00

 Quentin Tarantino 

5.50 5.50 5.50

Greta Gerwig

17.00 17.00 17.00

This year, it seems like a two-way race has been clarified for Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. During the run-up to the nominations, Scorsese and The Irishman appear to be favourites to capture the best picture. Typically, best director and best picture categories have been linked throughout the history of the Oscars, with more than 70% of best picture awards also winning best director.

However, this trend has experienced a strong reversal over the past decade, with five out of the last seven Academy Awards featuring a winner for best picture without earning an Oscar for best director. As such, the risk of betting on best picture and best director together has risen over the short term.

With all due respect to competing auteurs, Tarantino and Scorsese are inextricably linked to their films because of the strong impression their directorial voice creates in their movies. As such, betting on best director and best movie looks like a great idea. Pick Tarantino in 2020.

Oscar Predictions 2020

Best Leading Actor Oscar

Best Picture BetWay Bet365 Spin Palace Sports

Joaquin Phoenix

1.12 1.12 1.12

Adam Driver

7.00 7.00 7.00

Taron Egerton

13.00 13.00 13.00

Robert De Niro

13.00 13.00 13.00

Antonio Banderas

17.00 17.00 17.00

Perhaps the biggest favourite of all Oscar categories in 2020 will be Joaquin Phoenix as the best actor in Joker. There isn’t a single performance over the last year that’s garnered more attention than Joaquin’s turn as the seminal villain in the Batman universe, completely blowing out other competitors for this award in terms of exposure.

Robert De Niro will be a sentimental choice for some voters, but artists such as De Niro, who have already won multiple Oscars for various roles, tend to be passed over in this type of category, especially against big performances like Phoenix in Joker.

Adam Driver is the closest to Joaquin in terms of odds, but voters might have a difficult time separating the actor from Kylo Ren. This leaves Taron Egerton as the main candidate to upset Phoenix. Egerton performed marvellously as Elton John in The Rocketman, making him a worthwhile pick as the biggest upset of the night.

Best Leading Actress Oscar

Best Picture BetWay Bet365 Spin Palace Sports

Renee Zellweger

1.25 1.25 1.25

 Scarlett Johansson 

7.00 7.00 7.00

Cynthia Erivo

10.00 10.00 10.00

Charlize Theron

11.00 11.00 11.00

Lupita Nyong’o

15.00 15.00 15.00

Few women have had the impact that Judy Garland exerted on Hollywood. Her tumultuous story as the biggest actress of her era has been waiting for the silver screen treatment for decades. Renee Zellweger gave it her all with her portrayal of the titular character in the film Judy, entering the awards season as the overwhelming favourite in the best actress category.

Past winner Charlize Theron is unlikely to repeat, despite her outstanding turn in Bombshell, a look into Megyn Kelly’s career as a superstar right-wing newscaster. One of the more intriguing candidates would be Awkwafina, who has completely rewritten herself as an incredible dramatist during her performance in The Farewell. 

Cynthia Erivo should receive a lot of attention for her performance as Harriet Tubman, who helped to free dozens of American slaves in the pre-Civil War era while fighting for freedom. However, Judy Garland still commands respect in the industry, and Zellweger’s performance is likely to secure her second Oscar.

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Best Betting Sites for Oscars Betting Odds 2020

Many of the best betting sites will feature in-depth odds for the Oscars in 2020, including Sports Interaction (SIA), William Hill and Betway. For a more comprehensive list of bookies accepting Oscars bets, feel free to browse our best betting sites page.

Betting on the Oscars will feature odds that change drastically during the shortlist announcement and the nominations for all of the awards. After the nominations for the 2020 Oscars takes place on January 13th, you’ll have until February 9th to place your wager on various categories.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • An annual event that always steals the show for entertainment fans across the world, the 2020 Oscars is set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 9. 

  • The Red Carpet will be filled with stars, as the 2020 Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. More specifically, the theatre is located in Hollywood. 

  • While there's often some confusion, the Oscars and The Academy Awards are the exact same thing. The Academy Awards is the official name, but it's best known as The Oscars. 

  • This February, the Oscars will take place for the 92nd time. In 2018, it marked the 90th Academy Awards, which obviously was a monstrous milestone for the Academy. Next up is 100. 

  • The winner of best picture will be announced on Feb. 9. The nominees heading into the big night are as follows: Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Joker, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon A Time, In Hollywood and Parasite. 

  • While there are several outstanding nominees to be named best picture at the Oscars, 1917 is the early favourite to go home with the honour. The film already won the best picture award at the Producers Guild of America Awards.

  • There's a tie at the top for male actors with the most Oscars wins in history. Walter Brennan, Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis have all won three Oscars. 

  • While there may be a three-way tie among the men for most Oscars victories, the same can't be said for the female actresses. Legendary actress Katherine Hepburn has four Oscars wins to her name, along with 12 nominations. 

  • There's a loaded group of nominees for 2020 best actor. Those in the running to capture the honour include Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver and Joaquin Phoenix. 

  • When it comes to the top actresses this past year, there's also some amazing talent in the running for best actress at the Oscars. The nominees are Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger, Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson and Saoirse Ronan. 

  • With the Oscars set to take place in Los Angeles, ABC has the broadcast rights for the 2020 Oscars. Streams of the event online will also be available.