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The best picks for Sunday night's 93rd Academy Awards

2021 Oscars Picks & Predictions: Who The Experts Think Will Win

When you think sports betting, the Oscars aren’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. But, maybe they should. As sports betting legalization spreads throughout the country, niche markets are starting to spike in popularity, and the Academy Awards have seen one of the largest spikes of any.

So, with Sunday’s 93rd Oscars right around the corner, where do you go for Oscars picks? Right here at OddsChecker.

Not only can you find the latest, up to the minute odds, but we’re bringing you expert picks for anything you can bet on, including the 2021 Oscars. So, let’s take a look at Sunday’s best bets for the Academy Awards.

93rd Academy Awards Picks

2021 Oscars – Best Actor

We’re starting with a somewhat boring one, but I can almost guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house when this award is handed out. Chadwick Boseman is going to win the Best Actor award for his role as Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Boseman died on August 28, 2020 from colon cancer and this role was the last time he appeared on the big screen before his passing. Only one other person has won the Oscar for Best Actor posthumously. That was Peter Finch in 1977.

The price is really bad. I wouldn’t suggest ever backing a -1200 option under normal circumstances. But, this one is a lock. Bet as much as you can on Boseman, even if the return isn’t anything substantial.

The Pick: Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) @ -1200

2021 Oscars – Best Actress

We’re going from a favorite in the Best Actor Category to odds-off for Best Actress. Carey Mulligan is the betting favorite here. Mulligan plays Cassie Thomas in Promising Young Woman and was really amazing, but I’m staying away from the favorite.

I’m taking Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom to sweep the Best Actor/Best Actress awards. Viola Davis is one of the very best actresses in the entire world and she was no different in this role. She already won the Screen Actors Guild Award for this role and, while I think it will be close, I think she upsets Mulligan.

Frances McDormand is also a possibility here for her role in Nomadland. But, Oscars fatigue is a real thing for voters and McDormand has already won this award two times in the past.

The Pick: Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) @ +200

2021 Oscars – Best Original Song

Do I think my pick here has a great shot at winning? No. But, if Will Ferrell was to win an Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday night and I wasn’t backing him, I’d be furious. So I’m not going to take that chance.

Ferrell is nominated for his song Husavik from the “comedy” Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. I put comedy in quotes purposefully because the movie was atrocious. But, Husavik is the only song that is performed during the actual movie. All four of the other nominees run through the credits of their movie, which gives props to Ferrell.

My real hesitation is that the favorite, Speak Now from the film One Night in Miami, is performed by the unbelievable Leslie Odom Jr.

Still, we’re backing Ferrell to win Best Original Song, if for no other reason than to root for his acceptance speech.

The Pick: Husavik (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga) @ +350

2021 Oscars Expert Picks

Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) @ -1200 - Click to bet

Best Actress: Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) @ +200 - Click to bet

Best Original Song: Husavik (Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga) @ +350 - Click to bet

How To Watch The Oscars

Where are the Oscars?

The show must go on, right? The 2021 Oscars will take place in the same spot the Academy Awards have called home since 2001, the Dolby Theatre at Union Station in Los Angeles, California. Last year’s event took place right before the outbreak of COVID-19 became known in the United States. This year’s award show, the 93rd Academy Awards, will also be seemingly unaffected.

When do the Oscars Start?

The real question isn’t when they start, but rather when do the Oscars end? It seems like every year it gets later and later. Still, this year’s 2021 Oscars get started at 8 pm ET. The Academy Awards are supposed to end by 11 pm ET, but we won’t hold our breath on that one…

What Channel are the Oscars on?

The channel number will depend on where you’re viewing from, but the 2021 Oscars can be found on ABC on Sunday. But, the main event is just part of the show. ABC has coverage throughout the day, starting at 1 pm ET and rolling through the conclusion of the show. That’s almost 12 hours of Oscars content, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Can You Live Stream the Oscars?

The short answer is yes (obviously). The long answer is a bit more involved. There are tons of ways to stream the 2021 Oscars. The first, and most obvious, way to stream it is via ABC.com. But, ABC’s streaming service is only accessible by entering your paid cable provider log-in info.

You can also stream the Oscars through a bunch of different Live TV streaming services. Providers like Hulu, Fubo and YouTube all provide a live TV option that will allow you to get the Oscars on Sunday night.

What Oscars Categories Can I Bet On?

There are various Oscars betting markets to wager on, and given the length of the event there will be plenty of time to cash in on a few results.

Here’s the following Oscars betting markets listed on OddsChecker.

Best Actor Odds

Best Actress Odds

Best Adapted Screenplay Odds

Best Animated Feature Film Odds

Best Animated Short Film Odds

Best Cinematography Odds

Best Costume Design Odds

Best Director Odds

Best Documentary Feature Odds

Best Documentary Short Odds

Best Film Editing Odds

Best International Feature Odds

Best Live Action Short Film Odds

Best Makeup Odds

Best Original Score Odds

Best Original Screenplay Odds

Best Original Song Odds

Best Picture

Best Production Design Odds

Best Sound Odds

Best Supporting Actor Odds

Best Supporting Actress Odds

Best Visual Effect Odds

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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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