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Oscars Betting Odds for the 2024 Academy Awards

Annie Nader
Annie Nader@ANader33
Oscars Betting Odds for the 2024 Academy Awards

The 96th Academy Awards are set to air this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. ET on ABC, and this year, FanDuel Sportsbook has got you covered if you're looking to explore the Oscars betting market.

Before we dive into the array of categories, let's take a look at how the award winners are decided upon.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a group comprised of over 10,500 members, make up the Oscars voting body. All members of the Academy may cast their vote on all categories, and the nominee with the most votes reigns victorious. That is except for the Best Picture award, which is chosen via a ranked voting system.

With that, let's check out the Oscars betting odds and see which nominees have the best chance at leaving the Dolby Theatre with a gold trophy in hand.

Oscars Betting Odds

These Oscars betting odds are according to FanDuel Sportsbook as of 5:00pm ET on March 6th.

Best Picture

Best Picture Odds
Poor Things+1800
The Zone of Interest+1900
The Holdovers+2300
Anatomy of a Fall+4500
Killers of the Flower Moon+5000
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Sunday's marquee award leaves us with much to be desired on the surprise front.

Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer was the talk of the summer and that chatter has bled through into awards season. The film has taken home just about every precursor award, including a Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Award, and a BAFTA.

Leading the way with 13 nominations, Oppenheimer received mass critical and commercial success, a combination that is rarely seen but will likely be awarded come this Sunday.

We should expect the "Oppenhomies" to populate the stage this weekend, and this award is no exception.

Best Actor

Best Actor Odds
Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer)-1600
Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers)+650
Bradley Cooper (Maestro)+2300
Colman Domingo (Rustin)+6500
Jeffrey Wright (American Fiction)+6500

When asked if he would rather win an Oscar in 2024 or see his beloved Philadelphia Eagles take home the Super Bowl trophy, Bradley Cooper feigned humility, stating that he would rather see the Birds win.

It's looking like Cooper will go 0-for-2 in this regard, as Cillian Murphy is the heavy-favorite to win Best Actor.

Murphy has the performance and resume to back up this win. He's already taken home a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG award for his portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, which are key wins when tracking the Oscars race.

But I wouldn't tap Murphy as a total shoo-in. Paul Giamatti also won a Golden Globe for his performance in The Holdovers, and he beat out Murphy at the Critics' Choice Awards.

Giamatti is a venerated, veteran actor, not to mention a fan-favorite. He's been nominated for a pair of Oscars in his storied career but has yet to take home the gold.

Not only does Giamatti own the respect of the voting body, but he also portrayed an original character in his film, unlike Murphy and Cooper. I don't think a split vote will factor in too much when it comes to Best Actor, but if it does, the votes could be divided between Cooper and Murphy for their biopic work.

I'd consider Giamatti at +650. Murphy holds a strong lead, but a win for Giamatti is in the realm of possibilities. Either way, we can probably rely on Giamatti to pull up to In-N-Out Burger for a post-awards meal, trophy in hand or not.

Best Actress

Best Actress Odds
Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon)-210
Emma Stone (Poor Things)+140
Sandra Huller (Anatomy of a Fall)+3400
Carey Mulligan (Maestro)+3700
Anette Bening (Nyad)+4500

While we're seeing some heavy favorites in the aforementioned categories, the Best Actress award is a tight race between Lily Gladstone and Emma Stone.

Both actresses won a Golden Globe for their respective performances. Gladstone beat out Stone at the SAG Awards, arguably the most important precursor event, while Stone reigned victorious at the BAFTA's and the Critics' Choice Awards.

Given that the SAG and BAFTA voting bodies share some overlap with the Academy, I think this race leans more towards a toss-up than the market is indicating.

Gladstone is a newcomer who shined in Killers of the Flower Moon, while Stone's inventive performance in Poor Things is equally hard to deny. For this race, I'll side with the plus odds when I can get them, meaning Stone might be the best move.

Best Director

Best Director Odds
Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer)-4000
Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things)+2200
Jonathan Glazer (The Zone of Interest)+2600
Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon)+2900
Justine Triet (Anatomy of a Fall)+3400

There's little to be said here. Christopher Nolan touts -4000 odds to win Best Director, which implies a 97.6% probability.

The revered director has yet to win in this category, and if his named isn't announced this Sunday, we are fair to assume that a La La Land-esque mixup is in play.

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor Odds
Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer)-2400
Robert De Niro (Killers of the Flower Moon)+1800
Ryan Gosling (Barbie)+1800
Mark Ruffalo (Poor Things)+1800
Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction)+2900

On the surface we have a loaded group of excellent actors, but this Oscar is Robert Downey Jr.'s for the taking.

Downey has won every relevant precursor award for Best Supporting Actor, has deep ties within the Academy, and has exemplified the picture-perfect, up-and-down, Oscar-less Hollywood career.

For that, and his performance in Oppenheimer, he should be rewarded handsomely.

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actress Odds
Da'Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers)-2000
America Ferrera (Barbie)+1800
Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple)+1800
Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer)+1800
Jodie Foster (Nyad)+2900

Congratulations are likely in order for Da'Vine Joy Randolph.

Similar to Downey, Randolph's showing in The Holdovers has caught the attention of voters. She has won every key precursor Best Supporting Actress award. There's no reading between the lines with these odds.

Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography Odds
Poor Things+750
Killers of the Flower Moon+1400
El Conde+2900

Oppenheimer strikes again.

The film is the market's chalk to win in the Best Cinematography category. But while the film's status in the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Film Editing categories seem more like locks than not, I don't think we should be shocked to see Poor Things come out on top here.

If the Oppenheimer fatigue grows strong among voters, this is a potential category where the creativity of Poor Things could be rewarded.

Best Original Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay
Anatomy of a Fall-230
The Holdovers+240
Past Lives+500
May December +3500

Anatomy of a Fall continues to gain traction, but I wouldn't count out The Holdovers for this category.

The former's script boasts more movement, while the latter's script is a quintessential writer's document. There are grounds for an upset.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay Odds
American Fiction-195
Poor Things+2300
The Zone of Interest+2300

Things could get interesting in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

American Fiction, written and directed by first-timer Cord Jefferson, is a fair favorite.

But as is with just about every category, it's hard to deny the legitimacy of Oppenheimer.

Add in Barbie, written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, and I think we have a closer race on our hands than the market is implying.

Gerwig and Baumbach are, first and foremost, writers. They've each been nominated but have yet to win an Oscar in the Best Screenplay categories. When Gerwig was "snubbed" in the Best Director category (Barbie received 8 Oscar nominations), an online uproar ensued.

Further, the script for Barbie was, perhaps erroneously, placed in the Best Adapted category in lieu of the Best Original category. I wouldn't be surprised if the Academy throws Gerwig and Baumbach a bone for their inventive adaptation of the enigma that is a toy doll.

Best International Feature Film

Best International Feature Film Odds
The Zone of Interest-1500
Society of the Snow+1000
Perfect Days+1800
Io capitano+2300
The Teacher's Lounge +2900

The Zone of Interest is the lone film in this category that was also nominated for Best Picture.

We've yet to see an International Feature get nominated for Best Picture and end up losing out on this award. I don't think it's more complicated than that.

Best Original Score

Best Original Score Odds
Ludwig Goransson (Oppeneheimer)-1200
Robbie Robertson (Killers of the Flower Moon)+1300
Jerskin Fendrix (Poor Things)+1600
Laura Karpman (American Fiction) +1600
John Williams (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny) +2900

Ludwig Goransson's score for Oppenheimer was arguably the most memorable sound achievement in the 2023 film cycle. It seems he lacks stiff competition.

Best Sound

Best Sound Odds
The Zone of Interest+160
The Creator+3400
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One+3400

A rare spot where we can find Oppenheimer at shorter-than-normal odds might be worth a look.

Best Original Song

Best Original Song Odds
What Was I Made For - Billie Eilish & Finneas (Barbie)-550
I'm Just Ken - Mark Ronson & Andrew Wyatt (Barbie)+500
It Never Went Away - Jon Batiste & Dan Wilson (American Symphony)+2400
The Fire Inside - Diane Warren (Flamin' Hot)+2400
Wahzhazhe [A Song For My People] - Scott George (Killers of the Flower Moon)+2400

The market may think that Barbie being nominated twice in this category could cause concern for a split vote, but it'd be somewhat appalling if the song that won Song of the Year at the Grammy's gets snubbed here.

Best Film Editing

Best Film Editing
Anatomy of a Fall+410
Killers of the Flower Moon+1300
Poor Things+2600
The Holdovers+2600

Oppenheimer might not be as heavily favored in this category as some of the others, but I think the film's achievement in editing is unparalleled among these other nominees. There are some categories where choosing an Oppenheimer upset could be a solid move. I don't think this is one of them.

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