The Academy Awards, or Oscars as they are more popularly known, are one of the biggest occasions in the Events Betting calendar, and the most popular award ceremony to attract the interest of punters, in line with their status as both the world's premier film awards and one of the world's most prestigious celebrity events.
Oscars have been awarded by America's Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences every year since 1928, when the best film category was won by the silent war film Wings (that same year, the revolutionary 'talkie', The Jazz Singer, was disqualified on the grounds that it would present unfair competition against silent films). Since then a vast number of classic - and not so classic - films have won the title of best picture. The Oscars has also seen its fair share of leading actors and actresses, as well as the tears, tantrums, and inane acceptance speeches that tend to accompany those awards!
Oscars Betting Information
Online betting bookmakers who cover the event tend to offer odds for only the most coveted categories of the 20 or so awards presented on the evening. The major markets tend to focus, of course, on the awards that generate the most public interest, namely Best Motion Picture, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, and sometimes Best Supporting Actor/Actress. Some bookmakers offer more markets such as "specials" like the number of Oscars that an individual favourite will win.
Tip: if you can't find Oscars betting markets when visiting an online bookmaker, try looking under "Specials".
FREE BETS ON THE OSCARS
Free bets on the Academy Awards are generally available from bookmakers who cover the event and are currently offering free betting deals.