Oscars Odds: Can Benedict Cumberbatch Upset Will Smith for Best Actor?

For the 2022 Oscars, many believe that Will Smith is a lock to win Best Actor. Does Benedict Cumberbatch have any chance of upsetting him? Let's look at the Oscars odds for Best Actor.
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Oscars Odds: Can Benedict Cumberbatch Upset Will Smith for Best Actor?

On Sunday, the 94th annual Academy Awards will be taking place in Los Angeles, California. The Oscars is one of the best days in the film industry as the biggest stars come out to celebrate the year in film.

This year, for the Best Actor category, many believe that Will Smith will win fairly easily for his performance in King Richard. The next best odds in this category is Benedict Cumberbatch. Will he be able to upset Smith?

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Best Actor Odds

Will Smith-600
Benedict Cumberbatch+650
Andrew Garfield+1100
Denzel Washington+3500
Javier Bardem+4800

Will Smith -600 (Bet $600 to win $100)

Heading into the 2022 Oscars, Will Smith has yet to take home an award. He's been nominated for Best Actor twice before this, in 2002 for Ali and 2007 for The Pursuit of Happyness. Will this finally be the year that he gets over the hump and takes home an award? The way that smith handles his role as Richard Williams, in King Richard, was downright phenomenal.

More often than not, it's hard to disassociate watching an A-list actor from the role they are playing. That wasn't the case at all for Smith as Richard. It's going to be extremely difficult for anyone else to win the award but if one person can, it's Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Benedict Cumberbatch +650 (Bet $100 to win $650)

I think Will Smith wins the award but if you have to make the case for anyone else, Cumberbatch makes the most sense. With 12 nominations, The Power of the Dog is clearly a film that the critics love. What makes this movie is the writing from Jane Campion (who will surely win Best Director) and the performance from Cumberbatch as the lead. It would be shocking if Cumberbatch won as oddsmakers give him just a 13.33 percent chance to Will Smith's 85.71 percent shot.

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OddsChecker sports writer Matt O'Leary brings experience sports betting advice to the OC staff. You may recognize Matt from his popular New York Jets youtube channel, but his vast knowledge of sports and betting goes well past the boundaries of New York.

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