The 2020 Academy Awards are fast approaching and excitement is already reaching fever-pitch across the movie industry.
Scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 9, many of the main categories in this year’s Oscars are tipped to be closely fought battles.
In addition to generating a huge amount of interest amongst film fans, the event also causes a massive flurry of activity in the betting industry.
Film experts and pundits have been busy making their Oscars betting predictions in the run-up to the event, while all the leading bookmakers have already priced up all the main awards.
If you’re inclined towards betting, you can check out the odds ahead of the Oscars and place wagers on the results in the major categories. Read on as we look at who will be the big winners this year.
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1917 on course to scoop top movie award
When the nominations were first announced, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was installed as the favourite to win the prestigious Best Picture prize.
Quentin Tarantino’s stunning film has been a smash at the box office, but it faces major competition from both 1917 and Parasite.
1917 has been receiving rave reviews from the critics over the past few weeks, and Sam Mendes’ WW1 epic has emerged as a strong front-runner.
Joker and The Irishman are also worthy contenders, but Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looks a good bet in this category.
Bong Joon Ho could upset big three
Tarantino and Mendes could well fight out the Best Director award, although it would be foolish to write off Martin Scorsese following his efforts on The Irishman.
However, Bong Joon Ho may upset the odds and defeat the big three for his work on the six-time Oscar-nominated film ‘Parasite’.
In addition to being nominated in two of the headline categories, Parasite is also in the running to win Best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Production Design.
The Best Director category sometimes produces a surprise winner and Ho could be the man to defy the odds this time around.
Phoenix first, the rest nowhere
Joaquin Phoenix is widely viewed as a certainty to win the Best Actor award and it would be a major surprise if he fails to do just that.
Phoenix produced a staggering performance in The Joker and it would be a travesty of justice if he doesn’t scoop the top actor prize.
Adam Driver is the closest rival to Phoenix for his role in Marriage Story, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce complete a strong list of nominations.
Despite the stellar list of competition, Phoenix is the standout candidate in this category and would be a deserving winner.
Johansson fancied to topple Zellweger
Much like Phoenix in the male category, Renee Zellweger is being widely tipped to scoop the award for best actress for her starring role in Judy.
However, her portrayal of Judy Garland has attracted criticism in some quarters for failing draw to empathy with an actress who was widely loved.
On that basis, Scarlett Johansson looks a solid choice to be the best actress for her performance alongside Driver in Marriage Story.
The likeability factor goes a long way in Hollywood and that could swing this particular battle firmly in Johansson’s favour.