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2021 Oscars: Picks for DraftKings' Free-To-Play $25,000 Oscars Game

There are betting odds available for almost every one of the awards you’ll see presented at tonight’s 93rd Academy Awards. The 2021 Oscars feature some lesser known names across the big awards, but the drama will still be high and the mood tense as all of Hollywood’s elite stand by.

But, if you’re not looking to place any real-money wagers on the 2021 Oscars, or you’re looking to add to the bets you’ve already placed, DraftKings has just the game for you.

Right now, at DraftKings, you can enter for your shot at a share of the $25,000 prize pool. All you need to do is predict the result of ten different awards. Based on how many you get correct, you win your share.

How To Enter DraftKings Free-To-Play Oscars Contest

Entering is simple, it takes a matter of minutes. We’ve broken down how:

1. Click this exclusive OddsChecker link to sign up to DraftKings

2. Complete the really easy registration process

3. Enter your selections for the following award categories:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Lead Actor
  • Best Lead Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Director
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Original Song

4. You’re now in for a chance to win a share of $25,000! You score points per correct pick and if you pick up the most, you’ll take home $1,000 at the end of the night.

DraftKings Oscars Contest – Picks & Predictions

Now you’ve signed up, you might need some help in picking the winners of the categories. That’s where OddsChecker comes in. We've taken the time to break down all 10 categories and give you our picks for DraftKings' Free-to-Play Oscars game.

2021 Oscars – Best Picture Odds

1Best Picture OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
The Trial Of The Chicago 8+60014.3%
Promising Young Women+20004.8%
Judas & The Black Messiah+40002.4%
Sound Of Metal+80001.2%
The Father+100001%

Oscars Prediction: Best Picture Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: Picking against Nomadland here is a recipe for disaster. The film has a ton of momentum through award season and should win Best Picture easily.

2021 Oscars – Best Actor Odds

1Best Actor OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
Chadwick Boseman-120092.3%
Anthony Hopkins+70012.5%
Riz Ahmed+16005.9%
Gary Oldman+33002.9%
Steven Yeun+33002.9%

Oscars Prediction: Best Actor Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: Another absolutely no-brainer. Chadwick Boseman is going to win this award and become the second ever actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor posthumously.

2021 Oscars – Best Actress Odds

1Best Actress OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
Carey Mulligan+12544.4%
Viola Davis+20033.33%
Frances McDormand+40020%
Andra Day+60014.3%
Vanessa Kirby+20004.8%

Oscars Prediction: Best Acress Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: Our first upset of the night. This may be the closest award of the whole Academy Awards with four of the five nominees sporting odds between +125 and +600. So, We're going with Viola Davis for her role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

2021 Oscars – Best Supporting Actor Odds

1Best Supporting Actor OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
Daniel Kaluuya-250096.2%
Paul Raci+12007.7%
Sacha Baron Cohen+14006.7%
Leslie Odom Jr.+17005.6%
LaKeith Stanfield+33002.9%

Oscars Prediction: Best Supporting Actor Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: There's no shot you should be picking against Daniel Kaluuya. He is the biggest individual favorite of the night with odds indicative of a 96.2% chance he wins Best Supporting Actor.

2021 Oscars – Best Supporting Actress Odds

1Best Supporting Actress OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
Youn Yuh-Jung-50083.3%
Maria Bakalova+45018.2%
Glenn Close+10009.1%
Olivia Colman+25003.8%
Amanda Seyfried+35002.8%

Oscars Prediction: Best Supporting Actress Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: My heart wants to back Maria Bakalova but my head says it's Youn Yuh-Jung's award to lose. It would be cool to see Bakalova win for her role in Borat, but Yuh-Jung's odds have continued to shorten as we've gotten close to showtime.

2021 Oscars – Best Director Odds

1Best Director OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
Chloe Zhao-200095.2%
David Fincher+10009.1%
Emerald Fennell+20004.8%
Lee Isaac Chung+20004.8%
Thomas Vinterberg+25003.8%

Oscars Prediction: Best Director Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: Another no-brainer. Zhaois destined to win Best Director for Nomadland.

2021 Oscars – Best Orginal Screenplay Odds

1Best Original Screenplay OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
Promising Young Woman-40080%
The Trial Of The Chicago 7+27526.7%
Judas And The Black Messiah+33002.9%
Sound Of Metal+33002.9%

Oscars Prediction: Best Original Screenplay Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: It's a two-horse race here. I'm going with The Trial of the Chicago 7 for two reasons. First, I think it deserves the award. Second, We need to distance ourself from the pack and not just pick all the favorites.

2021 Oscars – Best Adapted Screenplay Odds

1Best Adapted Screenplay OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
The Father+45018.2%
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm+80011.1%
One Night In Miami+14006.7%
The White Tiger+33002.9%

Oscars Prediction: Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: Anotehr one for Nomadland. They probably won't pick up a ton of individual awards, but Best Adapted Screenplay is a winner for them.

2021 Oscars – Best Animated Feature Odds

1Best Animated Feature OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
Over The Moon+28003.4%
A Shaun The Sheep Movie+40002.4%

Oscars Prediction: Best Animated Feature Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: Soul is the biggest favorite in any category and there won't be any upset here. It's a fantastic movie with a star-studded cast and will take the Oscar for Best Animated Feature home on Sunday night.

2021 Oscars – Best Original Song Odds

1Best Original Song OddsImplied % Chance Of Winning
Speak Now-13858%
Io Si+30025%
Fight For You+25003.8%
Hear My Voice+25003.8%

Oscars Prediction: Best Original Song Winner

OddsChecker Verdict: How terrible would you feel if Will Ferrell won his first ever Oscar and you didn't back him. That won't be us. This is a weak category this year and Ferrell's song is the only nominee that was actually performed during the film. Take Husavik.


Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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