All eyes will be on the Dolby Theatre and Union Station in Los Angeles for the 93rd Academy Awards and we’ve picked out our Oscars predictions for punters to consider.
A two-month delay due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened excitement and speculation over potential winners on April 25.
Several categories feature favourites who are too short to back and yet almost impossible to oppose, including the late Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at 1/20.
Nomadland is just 3/20 to grab the Best Motion Picture gong, with its director Chloe Zhao 1/20 in that department, while Daniel Kaluuya is also 1/20 for Best Supporting Actor in Judas And The Black Messiah.
However, we’ve picked out Oscars betting tips in three more competitive categories for a 25/2 treble:
BEST ACTRESS – CAREY MULLIGAN @ 7/5
In Promising Young Woman, Mulligan plays a coffee shop worker who spends her nights seeking out and confronting male predators in bars. This dark comedy is sure to touch a few nerves and has divided opinions among female viewers, but there can be no questions raised about Mulligan’s performance, which has been described as electrifying. Having already received a number of awards, notably at the Palm Springs and Santa Barbara film festivals, the 35-year-old Brit can hopefully now secure a first Oscar.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – SPEAK NOW @ 1/2
Leslie Odom Jr is undoubtedly the best singer from the original cast of Hamilton and his talents are again on show when performing this track from the film One Night In Miami. Odom plays the ‘King of Soul’ Sam Cooke, who meets up with Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement and other cultural developments, and also co-wrote this cracker with Sam Ashworth. Odom is a 16/1 outsider in the Best Supporting Actor section but can gain compensation here if missing out.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN – EMMA @ 11/4
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is favourite at 2/5 in the Oscars odds but could be a victim of judges looking to share the trophies around if cleaning up elsewhere. Everyone loves a period drama with a bit of comedy thrown in and Emma would definitely be a popular winner after bringing Jane Austen’s 1815 novel back to life. Anya Taylor-Joy delights in the title role and is ably supported by the likes of Johnny Flynn, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart and Bill Nighy. Plenty of other awards will have a political edge to them, but it would be nice for a simple feelgood factor triumph here.
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