Academy Awards will be beamed live into your living room on February 22 and here we cap the best choice for this year’s Best Picture.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (+3300)
The Imitation Game (+4000)
American Sniper (+4000)
Theory of Everything (+10000)
When we review the Academy Awards betting odds and who we believe will take home the hardware we have to consider the three award ceremonies that come before the grand event. The SAG Awards, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice awards are all very good indicators of which motion picture will have the best chance at copping the Oscar. In this particular category the winner of the Golden Globe has also taken home the Oscar over 66 percent of the time since 1960 while the Critics’ Choice award winner for Best Picture has won the Academy Award over 63 percent of the time since ’95. The SAG award winner has hit in this category at a far less impressive 47 percent clip.
Taking this into consideration we have to seriously contemplate the chalk on the board. While no one likes a longshot better than I it would be irresponsible to ignore the fact that the winner of the Critics’ Choice award for Best Picture has won the Oscar seven of the last eight years with the only exception being Social Network back in 2010. Boyhood falls into this category after winning both the Critics’ Choice and the Golden Globes while the SAG award went to Birdman.
But even a freight train stops yet the question remains – will it stop this year? Unlikely because the Hollywood buzz has been infectious regarding these two critically acclaimed motion pictures and we will stay the course and grab the +120 money with Boyhood.
Academy Award Betting Pick: Boyhood +120 at WilliamHill