Entertainment betting becomes an integral part of sports betting industry with events like the Oscars and the Grammy’s grabbing more and more bets.
While sports betting industry provides millions of fans around the world with a wealth of betting odds on each and every sporting event around the globe, it also has another exciting part – entertainment betting.
Entertainment betting has always been favored by a large number of punters, some use it to get a little break from all the sporting action, but some actually making money predicting who’s going to win Golden Globes or the Grammy’s. However, the biggest entertainment betting event every year is still the Academy Awards – or Oscars.
In this series of articles we will take a look at why entertainment betting plays such a big part in the betting industry. Going a bit deeper in this year’s Academy Awards nominees, we will try to justify why some are more favored to win than the others. We will be researching the following topics closely:
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- Oscars Nominees Selection Process and Final Voting Explained for Entertainment Bettors
- How to Wager on Movies and Why Entertainment Betting Is Gaining Momentum
- Oscars Betting Favorites Ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards Ceremony
- Can Leonardo DiCaprio Beat the 86th Academy Awards Odds and Win His First Oscar?
Entertainment betting is a very important part of betting industry, and while it’s obviously smaller than sports betting it still has millions of faithful followers, betting on their favorite actors and performers every year.
Punters can wager on various occurrences in the entertainment industry, but the biggest and the favorite events are of course various award ceremonies including the Oscars, the Grammy’s, Golden Globes, Bafta, MTV Music and Movie awards and many more. Another part of the entertainment betting are the popular TV talent shows such as Dancing with the Stars or American Idol.
One of the reasons for entertainment betting’s popularity is the ability to combine watching the ceremonies live with excitement of being able to bet on the outcome. Unlike sports wagering, entertainment betting is most popular among women. The fairer sex places almost half of all land-based and online entertainment bets.
Where to place entertainment betting wagers
Just like with sports betting, wagering on entertainment can be carried out at a variety of sportsbooks in those parts of the world where it is legal to bet with real money. Most big sports betting companies have special sections dedicated to entertainment betting.
Naturally, entertainment industry bets are taken at both land-based and online sportsbooks, but internet betting sites are more convenient to use in this respects, and the number of available lines is much bigger than at brick-and-mortar locations. Check out Bovada, Betway, Intertops, Ladbrokes or Unibet for all your entertainment betting needs.
86th Academy Awards
This year’s Academy Awards will be 86th in history, starting from the very first ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. The ceremony is being televised since 1953 and enjoys huge popularity with viewers across the globe.
Naturally, the crème de la crème of the movie business both American and international will be there in Hollywood to attend the evening and hope to take home the golden statuette. This time around it will be held on March 2nd at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
The prize itself is officially called the Academy Award of Merit, but most commonly referred to as Oscar. It is the ultimate prize any movie actor, director, and anyone else connected with the business can wish for. The statuette is made of gold-plated britannium.
Can you bet on Oscars? Well, of course! All major land-based and online sportsbooks are already offering a variety of betting lines for the 86th Academy Awards winners. Naturally, most award categories are covered with betting odds, but some online bookies offer more lines than the others.
Entertainment betting becomes an integral part of sports betting industry
• Betting on Oscars, Grammy’s, Golden Globes and other events
• Most land-based and online sportsbooks are accepting entertainment bets
• Women are more likely to bet on entertainment events than men
The majority of Oscars betting odds are on the winner of each category. However, there are some interesting lines on other things as well. What dress the actresses or which suits the actors will wear to the ceremony is actually also a thing you can bet on.
Betting for the 2014 Oscars also includes such categories as number of trophies won by a single movie or an actor/actress. Daniel Day-Lewis is leading the pack with 3 Best Actor statuettes and 5 nominations, while Spencer Tracy has won twice and has been nominated 9 times. Jack Nicholson is also up there with 2 wins and 8 nominations.
As for the Best Actress category, Meryl Streep is number one with 2 Oscars and 15 nominations (including 1 for this year as well), Katharine Hepburn has the most statuettes – 4, but she’s only been nominated 12 times. Bette Davis has also won twice and received 10 nominations for Best Actress.
There are now three movies that have won the most Oscars: 11. These are Ben-Hur from 1959, Titanic from 1997, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King from 2003. Titanic is also one of two films to receive the most nominations – 14, the other was All About Eve from 1950. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has made history not only by winning 11 statuettes, but by winning all categories it was nominated in.