Betting the Oscars? I’ve Got Your Winners Right Here

Boyhood seems to be the odds on favorite to win Best Picture but am I following suit?

You may have thought I was a man of single-minded focus and that all I ever thought about was sports gambling but you’d be wrong! I also enjoy the movies a great deal and since our friends at Bovada put out their odds for Sunday night’s Oscar Awards I figured this was my cue to jump in!

The question for you is… How much faith will you put into my Oscar picks?

The Oscars – Best Picture             

Birdman                                               5/8

Boyhood                                              6/5

American Sniper                              16/1

The Imitation Game                       28/1

Selma                                                   33/1

The Grand Budapest Hotel          40/1

Theory of Everything                     50/1

Whiplash                                             50/1

Will Win: Boyhood. Critics love it because it spans over so many years which is really unique and it has very good performances from all involved.

Should Win: Birdman. It’s something we’ve all seen in terms of a star trying to re-capture lost glory but this movie does it exceptionally well.

The Oscars – Best Director           

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman                   4/7

Richard Linklater – Boyhood                                        11/10

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel         25/1

Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher                                        50/1

Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game                    50/1

Will Win/Should Win: Boyhood. Linklater has patiently created a movie that will stand the test of time and it will serve as an inspiration for other directors to be as creative.

The Oscars – Best Actor                

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything           1/3

Michael Keaton – Birdman                                           2/1

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper                           14/1

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game       33/1

Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher                                            33/1

Will Win: Redmayne. Portraying the world’s most brilliant mind in Stephen Hawking as his body debilitates carries weight with voters.

Should Win: Cooper. The third time should be the charm as he took on a role that saw him gain 40 lbs and display his acting chops from one end of the spectrum to the other.


I believe Reese Witherspoon will be adding a second statute to her first from "Walk the Line."

The Oscars – Best Actress            

Julianne Moore – Still Alice                                         1/50

Reese Witherspoon – Wild                                          12/1

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl                                         25/1

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything             40/1

Marion Cotillard – Two Days One Night                  50/1

Will Win/Should Win: Witherspoon. She took on a mentally and physically challenging role based on a true story and nailed it. The voters love stories like this.

The Oscars – Best Supporting Actor         

JK Simmons – Whiplash                                 1/50

Edward Norton – Birdman                            12/1

Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher                            16/1

Ethan Hawke – Boyhood                               33/1

Robert Duvall – The Judge                            33/1

Will Win: Hawke. The run of Oscars for ‘Boyhood’ continues as the long-time actor gets his due.

Should Win: Simmons. I’ve always felt it was just a matter of time before a role came along that was made for Simmons and this one was it as he portrays the teacher of young drumming phenom.

The Oscars – Best Supporting Actress     

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood                       1/50

Emma Stone – Birdman                                 14/1

Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game    25/1

Laura Dern – Wild                                          5/1

Meryl Streep – Into the Woods                  25/1

Will Win/Should Win: Stone. This Academy Awards could be remembered as a passing of the torch. With Stone and Knightley (who could easily win) dethroning the legendary Meryl Streep as the youth movement in Hollywood takes over.