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A bet on 1917 to win Best Picture at the Oscars might have looked appealing. It had all the right ingredients. It’s a big sweeping spectacular of epic proportions. If you usually bet on sports in the US it would look a dead cert. But Once Upon A Time In Hollywood spoiled all that. The bookies like Bovada now give Quentin Tarantino’s mediocre pandering the best odds. This leaves 1917 facing a slaughter in the Best Picture odds and makes it a terrible bet on the Oscars.
Despite the threat of disappearing up itself, the tinsel town seems only too happy to reward Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. It’s not very good. A dog steals the show. Indeed some might say the dog should win an Oscar. The dog’s dialogue delivery was certainly better than either Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt ever managed. Not that the script was up to much in the first place. Unfortunately, a bet on 1917 to win Best Picture at the Oscars isn’t a bad idea. It’s a terrible one.
If Once Upon A Time In Hollywood wins it will do so because of the subject matter not how that subject matter was portrayed. The idea World War I is a lesser subject than the one Quentin Tarantino chose is ridiculous. Be interesting to see if Hollywood can see beyond itself, won’t it? A bet on 1917 to win Best Picture at the Oscars is to wager for a triumph of substance over sparkles. US gambling laws allow you to be so optimistic, doesn’t mean you should be.
Hollywood Rewards Hollywood Movie
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood also won at the Golden Globes. The odds for that bet on 1917 to win Best Picture at the Oscars a reflection of that. Such a grand spectacular would usually be a shoo-in but not this time. Millions dying in a horrific brutal world-changing slaughter just no competition for actor’s angst. 3/1 is not far behind 2/1, but the only other real competition is Parasite. It gets similar odds to 1917, but it’s been ages since the Academy rewarded cleverly.
It certainly won’t be rewarding The Irishman, unless online sportsbook sites in the US like Bovada are way off the mark. That barely scrapes 7/1 almost the same as The Joker which was never Oscar material. Backing either of those is a bit silly. It would be like backing Cats to win. This really does come down to those top three. That the Academy will plump for the familiar rather too inevitable. So that bet on 1917 to win Best Picture at the Oscars is just not a wise move.
Bet On 1917 To Win Best Picture At The Oscars On Bovada
Perhaps amusingly neither is backing Quentin Tarantino to win Best Director, he’s barely 9/2 to manage that. Alfonso Cuaron is the favorite there, with Sam Mendes and Bong Joon Ho also in the running. Joaquin Phoenix is not quite as favored to win Best Actor but does get 1/7. Renee Zellweger gets around 3/10 to get Best Actress. She’s a good bet with a decent price. The best ceremony will offer. Definitely better than a bet on 1917 to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
A bet on 1917 to win Best Picture at the Oscars at online gambling sites in the US like Bovada isn’t for the sensible then. Hollywood is going to pat itself on the back. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood panders specifically to the self-involvement of those doing the voting. And they love it. The fact it isn’t very good just doesn’t seem to matter. Not to them. Hollywood will shun conflict and clever to reward an almost mercenary cynical plea for its attention and plaudits.
The Oscars – Best Picture
- Joker – 15/2
- The Irishman – 7/1
- Parasite – 3/1
- 1917 – 3/1
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – 2/1
92nd Academy Awards
- Date – February 9th 2020
- Location – Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
- Categories – 24
- Nominee Announcement – January 13th
- Broadcast Network – ABC
We take a look at how a bet on 1917 to win Best Picture at the Oscars is probably not the wisest idea in the world right now.