Oscars 2020 Betting Race is On with Cannes Film Festival Heating Up


Since last year it is 100% legal for New Jersey Gamblers to vote on the Oscars. There are a few sportsbooks all over the state that have established moneylines for ideal betting.

This year the Academy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 9.  Ideally, it will be best to look at bets shortly before nominations on January 13. Sportsbooks in general are not taking wagers, yet, but the Oscar Race is already heating up. The time is now to start to observe possible winners.

The biggest category of Best Picture is already leaning toward a huge frontrunner with a crew and cast of winning track records. The 72nd Edition of the Cannes Film Festival has started and is getting the category hot for the finish with the buzz behind Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

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The auteur director’s take on late-60s Manson Murders in Los Angeles stars heavy hitters Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino. The film was a last minute edition after rushing the editing process to be able to secure a top spot in southern France.

Tarantino won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest award, in 1994 for his second feature “Pulp Fiction.” After a successful run in Cannes, the mob hitman classic starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman went on to accomplish Oscar nominations for all the actors and a Best Director nod for Tarantino. The auteur filmmaker walked away with one win for Best Writing for Original Screenplay.

The track record and repeat appearance of Tarantino has positioned him as the number one frontrunner in this year’s Oscar race. Hollywood insiders are buzzing that the entire film will sweep nominations in all categories at the ceremony in 2020.

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“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and it will compete for the Palme d’Or 25 years after Tarantino won with “Pulp Fiction.” Other films playing at the festival that are also garnering some Oscar attention include Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” (for Best Director Oscar Nomination) and “A Hidden Life” by Terrence Malick (also Oscar buzz for Best Director category).

Anticipate sportsbooks to start taking wagers for all categories in The Academy Awards staring in November 2019.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon


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