Prop Bets, Gaga-Cooper Duet May Make Oscars Watchable

Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:51 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 6:51 PM UTC

If you aren't a fan of the movies up for awards, maybe these prop bets – falling down on stage, announcing the wrong winner or someone dropping an F-bomb – will keep you tuned in.

Is it wrong to look forward to the Oscars for the fashions, a singing duet and prop bets?

That's where we stand. In a bloated ceremony, already rife with controversy, we're looking forward to what people will or won't be wearing; the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper duet of "Shallow" from "A Star is Born" and seeing if our prop bets come in.

One of those bets regards the length of the broadcast , which the Academy's governing board has been tinkering with the last few weeks.

In an attempt to streamline its long-criticized too-long Oscar ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans to name four winners during commercial breaks. Those awards were cinematography, film editing, live-action short and makeup and hairstyling.

And the Oscar for bad ideas goes to …. but wait. After huge backlash from movie industry folk, the Academy announced late Friday that ALL awards will be given and accepted during the live telecast. Whew, crisis averted.

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After days of protest and backlash, the Academy has reversed its initial decision to air four categories during commercial breaks in an effort to shorten its #Oscars ceremony this year

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 15, 2019

May we suggest one or two less film clip montages devoted to best use of vintage cars or the evolution of evil stepmothers in film?

The Oscar telecast routinely goes over its allotted airtime, easily going longer than three hours and actually hitting four hours in 1998 and four hours, 23 minutes in 2002.

We all know where the blame lies -- the acceptance speeches. The Grammys telecast, which did run over it alotted time, actually held the acceptances in check by just cutting to commercials while people were still talking. In the Grammys case, it was the performances that ran long.

This year the Academy’s board of governors committed to three-hour award show. To make that happen they have beenplaying with the format, considering eliminating long-standing segments of the program, and after the Kevin Hart debacle of the will-he-or-won’t-he-host, opted to go without a host. So, no big opening number: there’s 10 minutes.

The length of the program is one of several prop bets related to the Oscars telecast offered on Bovada and MyBookie. And considering the movie expected to take home the lion's share of awards we though was a little slow, we're hoping the prop bets keep us awake until the end of the show.

The Academy board also was rumored to be considering only including performances of two of the five Best Song nominees for in the telecast. Industry publication Variety reported in mid-January that Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” would be performed and that the other songs -- “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” — would be acknowledged.

There have been other Oscar shows where not all the songs were performed, but despite the precedent, backlash condemning the rumored exclusion was swift. Apparently, nominee solidarity played a role in all the songs how being confirmed as “in” the telecast. “Perform them all” or “none of them” was the tactic, Variety reports.

Now, all will be performed in a truncated, 90-second form.

The Oscars air on ABC Sunday, February 24, at 8 p.m.

Both Bovada and MyBookie are offering prop bets not related to who wins which category but to if bad words will get by the censor, how long the “altered” ceremony will last and if there will be another dreaded envelope mix up.

On Bovada:

What Will Be Greater?

  • Average Views On Television Broadcast -10000
  • Average Views On Streaming Broadcast +1400

Our Pick: Broadcast hands down. It’ll be a big night for ABC ratings

Will Liam Neeson Be Mentioned by Name During the Ceremony?

  • No -700
  • Yes +400

Our Pick: Nope

Will An Oscar Trophy Be Dropped During the Ceremony?

  • No -700
  • Yes +400
  • Our Pick: Broadcast hands down. It’ll be a big night for ABC ratings

Our Pick: Holy moly, we hope not.

Will Any Winners Be Bleeped During Their Acceptance Speeches During Broadcast?

  • Yes Even
  • No -140

Our Pick: Yep, someone always says something it seems

How Long Will The ABC Official Broadcast Last?

  • Under 3 Hours 15 Minutes -250
  • Over 3 Hours 15 Minutes +170

Our Pick: Despite their attempts, it will still go long.

How Many Times Will President Trump Be Mentioned On Stage?

  • Over 1.5 -150
  • Under 1.5 +110

Our Pick: We’re going with under. His name won’t be mentioned but his policies will likely come up in some fashion.

On MyBookie:

How Many People Will Watch the 2019 Oscars?

  • Over 26.5 Million +200
  • Under 26.5 Million -300

Our Pick: Another under. It will still be a ratings powerhouse just less of one. “Roma” as a winner won’t pull in viewers, sorry.

Someone Mention Trump in Their Acceptance Speech:

  • Yes -1000
  • No +400

Our Pick: Still “no”

Will Protestors Disrupt the Awards Ceremony?

  • Yes +200
  • No -300

Our Pick: Another “no”

Will Someone Fall On Stage?

  • Yes -200
  • No +140

Our Pick: Is Jennifer Lawrence nominated? We’re still going with “no”

Will There Be an Envelope Mix-up?

  • Yes -120
  • No -120

Our Pick: We don t think that will happen again in our lifetime.

Will A Swear Word Get by the Censor?

  • Yes -200
  • No +140

Our Pick: Still “yes”

You can try your hand at picking the "real" winners at the Academy Awards by participating in SBR's Oscar Contest. Good Luck!

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