The Oscars ceremony, officially known as The Academy Awards, is a set of 24 awards given to artists as a way of recognizing excellence in cinematic achievements annually. The awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and have been given to prominent figures in the movie industry since 1929. An Oscar is the biggest achievement a movie, director, producer, actor or actress can get and is held in the highest regard in the industry.
Since the inaugural ceremony, legendary actors, actresses, and directors have won several Oscars. The Oscars generate a lot of interest in the public and are seen live in more than 200 countries nowadays. The red carpet show before the ceremony is one of its most interesting pieces as people get to see wonderful Hollywood stars dressed in luxurious tuxedos and dresses. This is followed by the ceremony itself, which is filled with moments of humor before the greatest cinematic achievements for the past year are announced.
The inaugural Academy Awards ceremony was held at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. There were 15 awards in total which honored actors, actresses, directors, producers, and other participants in the movie industry at the time. The ceremony ran for 15 minutes, which is nothing compared to the hours of fun we get to see today.
Since the first ceremony, the Oscars have become a much-discussed topic in the movie industry, with all the big studios trying their best to produce a hit that will get them the famous Oscar. The award brings a wide recognition for the movies itself and the studios that created them which brings numerous comps with it.
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre in LA and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. It will be the 90th Annual Academy Awards ceremony to give the well-known statuette to works of art that have been praised by critics and the audience in the past year. Fun fact about the statuette – although widely known as Oscar, its official name is “Academy Award of Merit”.
The set of nominees is yet to be announced, but bookies certainly didn’t lose time to present their favourites in the Best Picture category.
Event Date: 25 February 2019
Can Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born Dominate the Oscars?
After a few years of development hell, Bradley Cooper signed on to direct A Star Is Born in 2016, the fourth Hollywood remake of the original 1937 movie. Famous singer Lady Gaga joined the cast in a lead role right after Cooper was announced as director, pushing the movie forward with principal photography starting in early 2017. Although critics were not really sure what to expect out of Cooper’s directorial debut, the movie surprised everyone when it was released, even sparking rumors of a potential Oscar win.
A Star Is Born grossed about $75 m worldwide, which is amazing considering the movie was made on a budget somewhere around the $40 m mark. Critics and fans both loved it, citing Cooper’s visionary directing and acting as the main factors behind the movie’s success. All of this led to the movie becoming the bookie’s frontrunner in the Best Picture category, leading the pack with odds of 11/4 at MansionBet, SportPesa, SportNation, Fun88, and RedZoneSports.
The pretty high odds for such a favourite mean that the movie will be a hit with punters as well. At 11/4, you can nearly quadruple your investment if A Star Is Born snatches the Oscar from the competition. It’s a great deal if you ask us.
Will Damien Chazelle Win His Second Oscar in a Span of Only a Few Years?
Young Hollywood director Damien Chazelle is a surefire hit-maker. He was nominated for Best Writing and Adapted Screenplay for the cult hit Whiplash in 2014 before scoring his first win for Best Achievement in Directing (fancy phrase for best director) in 2016 for the magical La-La-Land. This year, Chazelle has reunited with La-La-Land star Ryan Gosling for First Man, a movie based on Neil Armstrong’s official biography. The movie is based on real events and follows the years leading up to the legendary Apollo Mission in 1969 which was the first crewed lunar landing.
Chazelle’s brilliant directorial vision will surely make First Man a hit at the box office even though it’s a bit late to the party, being released in October. Still, it has already impressed critics and the audience after premiering at the Venice Beach Festival in August. The movie is expected to deliver at the box office and considering Ryan Gosling’s qualities, we’re sure it will be a major hit.
Bookies think so as well. First Man is right behind A Star Is Born as a second favourite in the Best Picture category, available at 9/2 at Fun88, SportNation, MansionBet, RedZoneSports, and SportPesa. These odds make it a pretty attractive option for punters than the frontrunner. Considering Chazelle’s history and his brilliant record at the Oscars, we think that First Man is a well-worth punt.
Is Roma This Year’s Surprise?
Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma is this year’s critics darling. The drama about a middle-class family from Mexico set in the 1970s has already been tipped to win the Best Picture award by some experts. Alfonso Cuaron’s impeccable Oscar record of 2 wins and 6 nominations promise a great movie no matter the fact that it lacks established Hollywood stars. Cuaron’s movies are visionary and well-directed and we have no doubt that Roma will be a hit.
Roma is the third favorite in the Best Picture category this year, trailing behind A Star Is Born and First Man. Cuaron’s movie is given odds of 11/2 at SportPesa, RedZoneSports, SportNation, Fun88, and MansionBet, which makes it pretty interesting in the eyes of punters. At these odds, you will surely win a nice amount even for a smaller bet, and if you’ve watched any of Cuaron’s movies, you know that Roma stands a good chance. Make a small bet on it and keep your fingers crossed that Cuaron’s movie snatches the Oscar from Cooper’s and Chazelle’s entries.
BlacKkKlansman – a Darkhorse in the Best Picture category?
The audience loves Spike Lee. Every time the American director releases a new movie, everyone’s rushing to see it in cinemas. Lee’s views on race relations and colorism are commonly woven through a unique blend of drama and comedy in his movies, and he’s not afraid to touch on controversial political subjects as well. Spike Lee is a truly unique director and his artistry manages to enchant the public every time.
Lee’s latest movie BlacKkKlansman is a dark biographical comedy/drama about an African-American detective that manages to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan. It was well-received by fans and critics alike and is considered a return to form for Lee.
Bookies have also recognized the movie’s potential, putting it as the fourth favourite behind Cuaron’s Roma. If you liked the movie and want to place a bet on it, you can do so at odds of 10/1 (MansionBet, SportPesa, SportNation, RedZoneSports, Fun88). The odds may seem a bit too high for some punters, but many experts argue that the movie’s views will woo the Academy to finally award Lee with an Oscar. If you ask us, it’s well overdue and much deserved.