Place Your Bet on the Best Director Oscar Award with PaddyPower

Best director Academy Awards

There are a number of great Oscar wagers you can make this year, and members of PaddyPower can now place their bet on the best director award.

There have been so many great films in 2016, it’s hard to choose which one was best. A number of new, talented directors also emerged, and some experienced film directors showed they still have what is takes to create an amazing movie. Here are 3 of the betting favorites to win the Oscar’s best director award.

Damien Chazelle: 1/9

By far the most likely candidate to win best director is La La Land maestro Damien Chazelle. The 31 year old director of Whiplash has been praised for this unique vision. La La Land is one of the top betting favorites to win best picture, and Chezelle was instrumental in the film’s success.

Most online sportsbooks in the UK have Chazelle as a massive Oscar betting favorite. With odds of 1/9, he is clearly the most likely director to win.

Barry Jenkins: 9/1

2017 Best Director Betting Odds

  • Damien Chazelle: 1/9
  • Barry Jenkins: 9/1
  • Kenneth Lonergan: 10/1
  • Denis Villeneuve: 50/1
  • Mel Gibson: 66/1

The second best person to bet on the best director award is Barry Jenkins. The director of Moonlight has only made 2 films, both of which received critical acclaim. Moonlight in particular was celebrated for its powerful message about subject many feel is taboo to discuss.

Although PaddyPower lists Jenkins as a considerable Oscar underdog with odds of 9/1, he might just be the best betting option, and could earn you serious cash if he wins.

Kenneth Lonergan: 10/1

Not far behind Jenkins in the betting odds is Manchester by the Sea director Kenneth Lonergan. He has been a decorated director for many years, but most feel his crowning achievement came in 2016. If Lonergan wins, it will make UK gambling news but he certainly has a good shot.

With odds of 10/1, Kenneth Lonergan is one of the best options to bet on the best director award, and could earn you serious cash.

Are you planning to bet on the best director award? Who do you think wins? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below, and make sure to check out PaddyPower for a full list Academy Awards betting odds!

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