Oscar Odds 2021 – Betting Tips & Preview For The Academy Awards

Oscar Odds - Betting Odds & Preview

The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will honour the best films released between January 2020 and February 2021. There are several awards being announced on the night, including the ‘Big Five’ of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay.

We look at some of those films that could be in the running for Best Picture. All Oscar Odds are provided by Paddy Power unless stated.


Nomadland – 8/1

Nomadlad had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and it has already received critical acclaim and won the Golden Lion award. It is scheduled to be released December 4th 2020. Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film is based on the 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, it follows a woman who leaves her small town to travel around the American Midwest.

A review in The Guardian gave it 5 stars and finished with this simple statement: “There is real greatness in Chloé Zhao’s film-making.”

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – 8/1

This film follows the Chicago Seven, a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters charged with conspiracy in 1969 relating to charges of crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. It was originally meant to be released in Theatres, but the rights were sold to Netflix and will now be released digitally on October 16th 2020.

News Of The World – 8/1

News of the World, starring Tom Hanks, is an upcoming western drama film co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass and based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles. It is scheduled to be released on December 25th 2020.

Mank – 8/1

Mank is an upcoming American biographical drama film about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his battles with director Orson Welles over screenplay credit for the cult film Citizen Kane.

Da 5 Bloods – 9/1

Directed by Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods tells the story of four ageing Vietnam War veterans who return to the country in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader. The film, released on Netflix, has drawn an audience of around 27 million.

West Side Story – 9/1

Directed by Stephen Spielberg, this film is an adaption of the Broadway musical of the same name. This film will certainly launch with an audience expecting great things, but will it attract critical acclaim?

The Midnight Sky – 10/1

This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Originally titled ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ the film is directed by George Clooney and stars Clooney himself alongside Felicity Jones and Sophie Rundle.

Respect 14/1

This is a Biographical Drama based on the life of the singer Aretha Franklin. Several films documenting the lives of iconic musicians and singers have performed well in recent years so this might be worth a look.

Apollo 10½ – 18/1

Apollo 10½ is set during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing and will explore children on earth’s fantasies about the event.

Deep Water – 18/1

Based on the novel of the same name, this could be another surprise film to watch out for. Directed by Adrian Lyne, the plot focuses on a married couple who have fallen out of love with each other. They begin playing mind games against one another with deadly consequences.


Tenet – 25/1

Based on the novel of the same name, this could be another surprise film to watch out for. Directed by Adrian Lyne, the plot focuses on a married couple who have fallen out of love with each other. They begin playing mind games against one another with deadly consequences.

Next Goal Wins – 25/1

This is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, about Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen’s efforts to lead the American Samoa national team, considered the weakest football team in the world, to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The film is directed by Taika Waititi, one of the hottest talents in Hollywood at the moment – could be one to watch! Those big Oscar Odds could disappear when this movie is released.

Soul – 33/1

Soul is the latest offering from Pixar. The story focuses on Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz. The award for Best Picture might just be beyond Soul but will certainly be in the running for Best Animated Film.

Mulan – 40/1

Mulan is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name. The film premiered on Disney + in September 2020. It remains to be seen how successful the film will be but there are rumours that a sequel is already in development.

Black Widow – 66/1

This is the 24th film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and will be based on the character of the same name. The big question is will it have an audience outside of Marvel fans? This will ultimately decide whether it is successful in terms of award wins.

Top Gun: Maverick- 80/1

his is a sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. It stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer.


You can now place a bet on the award for ‘Best Actress’ & ‘Best Actor’. Viola Davis is currently the favourite to win best actress, with odds of 5/1. Tom Hanks is a good bet to scoop the best actor gong for ‘News Of The World’.

The 2021 Oscar Ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

The voting process that determines which films are nominated is a long and complicated process that involves thousands of voting members and hundreds of eligible films.

Each eligible voting member belongs to one of 17 branches. Each branch nominates for its own category — e.g., editors nominate editors, actors nominate for acting categories etc. Best Picture is the only award where all members can vote.

Monday 15th March 2021


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*Oscar odds correct at time of publishing