Who Are Best Michigan Online Betting Wagers For Academy Awards?

Who Are Best Michigan Online Betting Wagers For Academy Awards?
By Jeff Parker
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

The 95th annual Academy Awards are set for this Sunday. Airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Hollywood’s premiere award show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who is MC’ing the big night for the third time.

And once again, the folks at Michigan online casino apps can get in on the action with a wager or two.

Given out each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars are meant to celebrate the year’s crowning achievements in cinema. Leading the way in 2023 with 11 nominations is “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” 

Tied for nine nominations apiece are “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

The box office sensations of last year are also well represented at this year’s Oscars, with “Top Gun: Maverick” earning six nominations, and “Avatar: The Way of Water” scoring four noms.

But who will win?

For those looking to cash in on their pop culture prowess, this year there are three Michigan sportsbooks offering odds on the Academy Awards — DraftKings, BetMGM and Caesars. Below, GreatLakeStakes has provided some analysis of the Oscar race as it stands today by focusing on the event’s five major categories.

Best Picture Oscars Nominees

After scoring big wins at the Director’s Guild Awards, the Writer’s Guild Awards, the Producer’s Guild Awards and the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, “Everything Everywhere All At Once” has the perfect resume for an eventual Best Picture Oscar winner.

This high-octane drama/action/sci-fi film is the story of an immigrant family battling the IRS, while traversing the multiverse, to try to save their family-owned laundromat. With such a far-flung premise, it appeared to be the unlikeliest of Oscar winners when it debuted almost a year ago at the South by Southwest film festival.

But the movie has -1100 odds with the sportsbook at the DraftKings Michigan casino, suggesting there’s a greater than 90% chance of “Everything Everywhere All At Once” winning.

It’s an incredible story that Oscar voters are likely to embrace. However, if you are looking for an underdog in the Best Picture race, there is one big award that “Everything Everywhere All At Once” did not win.

Last month, the German film “All Quiet on the Western Front” took home the BAFTA for Best Film. The BAFTAs — Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars — have been less predictive than something like the Producer’s Guild Award over the years, but it does suggest a possible path to an upset.

“All Quiet on the Western Front” is a harrowing World War I movie based on the 1929 novel of the same name. It’s more traditional Oscar fare, which might resonate with the older contingent of Academy voters. In fact, a previous adaptation of the same novel won Best Picture all the way back in 1930.

At +1000 on BetMGM Michigan Sportsbook, it’s the most likely film to spoil the “Everything Everywhere All At Once” party.

 
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Best Actress Oscar Nominees

This category is a two-way race between Michelle Yeoh (-140 on Caesars MI Sportsbook) and Cate Blanchett (+100). 

In “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” Yeoh shines as a long-suffering matriarch who discovers her untapped potential when learns she can cross between parallel universes. A seasoned actress of drama and action films, Yeoh flexes her expertise in both genres throughout the film. It’s a role that genuinely feels like no one else in the world could play.

That said, for much of the award season, Blanchett seemed poised to win her third Oscar in this category.

In “Tár,” Blanchett plays a firebrand composer whose career is derailed after she becomes embroiled in controversy. It’s a performance so believable and seemingly grounded in reality that the Internet has taken to willing Lydia Tár into existence via Twitter meme.

Yeoh won at the Screen Actor’s Guild award, and since then she has overcome Blanchett to become the slight favorite. That said, Best Actress feels more like a coin flip.

Best Actor Oscar Nominees

Brendan Fraser is the frontrunner to win the Best Actor Oscar at -165 on DraftKings.

Fraser was a legit box office draw in the ‘90s and seemed poised for superstardom after the runaway success of “The Mummy” in 1999, but has been absent from the silver screen for most of the 21st century.

He’s back in a big way in “The Whale,” where Fraser plays an obese shut-in struggling to mend his relationship with his daughter. It’s the kind of prosthetic-heavy performance Oscar voters love to reward (See: Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour” or Daniel Day Lewis in “Lincoln”).

Despite his short odds, and his recent win at the Screen Actors Guild Award, Fraser isn’t a lock here. “The Whale” is a grim film that might not resonate with Oscar voters. Also, it has faced criticism from some who feel the film is fat-phobic, and this backlash has grown increasingly vocal in the lead up to the awards show.

In “Elvis,” Austin Butler gives a far more audience-friendly performance as Elvis Presley. The former Disney Channel star has been campaigning hard for months, and might have won over the Academy in recent weeks with his easy charm, big smile and a Southern drawl that has stuck with him since his turn as the King of Rock’n’Roll.

Butler is currently +120 on DraftKings, a number that dropped all the way from +300 after he won Best Actor in a Dramatic Role at the Golden Globes.

For a brief period, it looked like beloved Hollywood veteran Colin Farrell would have a shot at his first Oscar for “Banshees of Inisherin.” His odds are +1400 with Caesars.

Still, Farrell is well liked among his Hollywood peers, and his understated “Banshees” performance took home the other big acting award at the Globes. It’s a long shot, but it would be a well-deserved win.

 

Best Supporting Actress Oscars Nominees

Arguably the most fascinating race at this year’s Oscar, Best Actress in a Supporting Role is a toss-up at Michigan sportsbook apps among three deserving performances.

At +150 with DraftKings is Jamie Lee Curtis. Since breaking out with her role in the original “Halloween” in 1978, Curtis has been a mainstay on the big screen for the better part of five decades — but has never won an Oscar. In fact, this is her first nomination.

Most recently, Curtis won the Screen Actor’s Guild award for her “Everything Everywhere All At Once” role, where she delivers a truly delicious performance as the film’s chief antagonist, a wry IRS auditor.

However, at the BAFTAs Kerry Condon (+225) took home the Supporting Actress trophy. In “Banshees of Inisherin,” Condon plays the sister of Farrell’s character, who longs for a life off the small Irish island where the film is set.

Complicating matters even further, Angela Bassett (the favorite with DraftKings at +125) won the Golden Globe in this category. Another Hollywood vet, Bassett is tasked with carrying the emotional weight of her son King T’Challa’s sudden death in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” It’s a heavy performance made all the more potent by the real-life loss of beloved actor Chadwick Boseman.

 
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Best Supporting Actor Oscars Nominees

Unlike Best Supporting Actress, this category has a very clear favorite.

At -4000 with Caesars and -5000 on DraftKings, Ke Huy Quan seems poised to win Best Actor in a Supporting Role for playing the affable father in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”

Previously known primarily as a child star in 1980s films such as “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies,” Ke Huy Quan has been embraced by critics, audiences and award voters since “Everything Everywhere All At Once” hit theatres. It would be truly shocking to see anyone but him on stage accepting this Oscar.

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Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for GreatLakesStakes.com. A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with a Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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