Michigan Gaming Control Board Approves Betting on Oscars

Michigan Gaming Control Board Approves Betting on Oscars
By Bryce Derouin

Michigan bettors are now able to wager on the Academy Awards.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board has added the Academy Awards, making Michigan the third state where players can wager on the winner, joining Indiana and New Jersey as the others. The Oscars are set to take place on April 25.

Both DraftKings and PointsBet currently have Academy Awards odds listed on their websites.

Michigan went live with its mobile sports betting and online casino platforms on Jan. 22. This will be the first Academy Awards residents within the state will be able to bet on.

Oscar Categories to Bet On

The MGCB lists all the categories on its website that players are able to wager on the Oscars. They include:

  • Best actor
  • Best actress
  • Best adapted screenplay
  • Best animated feature
  • Best animated short
  • Best cinematography
  • Best costume design
  • Best director
  • Best documentary feature
  • Best documentary short subject
  • Best film editing
  • Best international feature film
  • Best live-action short
  • Best makeup/hairstyling
  • Best original score
  • Best original screenplay
  • Best original song
  • Best picture
  • Best production design
  • Best sound
  • Best supporting actor
  • Best supporting actress
  • Best visual effects

Oscar Favorites

DraftKings has Nomadland as a clear favorite to win Best Picture at -670, while the next closest films are The Trial of the Chicago 7 (+650), Minari (+1400) and Promising Young Woman (+1400).

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) is the clear frontrunner for Best Director at -2500. Chadwick Boseman is another big favorite for Best Actor at -2500 for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Best Actress is a bit more competitive with Carey Mulligan of Promising Young Woman the favorite at +125, followed by Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (+180) and Frances McDormand in Nomadland (+350).

Other categories players can currently bet on over at DraftKings includes, Best Supporting Actress/Actor, Best International Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Animated Feature, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Live-Action Short, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short Subject, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design.

PointsBet currently only has betting odds for Best Film.



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