Oscars 2021 Odds: Who are the leading candidates for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress?

Oscars 2021 Odds: Who are the leading candidates for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress?

With little over a week until the 93rd Academy Awards, oddschecker have rounded up the major betting stories within the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress markets.

The Contenders for Best Picture 

After a tumultuous year for cinema, the betting for the 2021 Oscars is well underway. The Best Picture award currently has a clear favourite, with the Chloe Zhao directed Nomadland a heavy odds-on favourite at a best price of 1/5

The film is also fancied among oddschecker punters; in the last 7 days, 37.3% of bettors have backed Nomadland to scoop the award. Aaron Sorkin’s, The Trial of the Chicago 7 has also seen plenty of activity with 24.5% of punters finding some value in a best price of 7/1

Best Picture Odds: 

  • Nomadland - 1/5
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 - 7/1
  • Minari - 16/1
  • Promising Young Woman - 20/1
  • Mank - 40/1
  • Judas and the Black Messiah - 40/1
  • Sound of Metal - 125/1
  • The Father 125/1


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The Contenders for Best Actor

The Best Actor category also has a clear favourite with Chadwick Boseman priced at 1/12 to win the award for his captivating performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.  

The film was released posthumously last year, following Boseman’s tragic passing in August of 2020. The film, and Boseman’s incredible performance, received widespread acclaim. 

Best Actor Odds:

  • Chadwick Boseman - 1/12
  • Anthony Hopkins - 15/2
  • Riz Ahmed - 14/1
  • Steven Yeun - 40/1
  • Gary Oldman - 50/1


The Contenders for Best Actress 


The best actress category is more competitive with no clear favourite taking a large proportion of the bets. With one-and-a-half weeks until the 2021 Oscars, Carey Mulligan is the current favourite at a best price of 6/4 to win the first Oscar of her illustrious career.  

Previous awards in this category show just how open this race is. Andra Day (6/1) won the Golden Globe, Viola Davis (9/4) won the SAG Award, Carey Mulligan (6/4) scooped the Critic’s Choice and Frances McDormand (4/1) secured the BAFTA for Leading Actress. 

Since her victory at the BAFTAs, McDormand has been the most backed in the Best Actress market through oddschecker, taking 40.9% of the bets. 

Best Actress Odds: 

  • Carey Mulligan - 6/4
  • Viola Davis - 9/4
  • Frances McDormand - 4/1
  • Andra Day - 6/1
  • Vanessa Kirby - 20/1


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