02.28.14 6:24 PM ET
The Ultimate Guide to Winning Your Oscars Betting Pool
Want to make some money on the Oscars? There’s no denying the appeal of turning Gravity’s Oscar gold into your own green, so we’ve developed this handy fact sheet listing all the essential elements to help you predict who will win—so you, in turn, can win your Oscars pool.
For each nominee in the six major categories, we’ve compiled information on the biggest factors in determining an Oscar winner: the precursor awards (SAG, Golden Globe, etc.) they’ve been nominated for and won this year, their own Oscar history (previous wins and nominations), what critics thought of the performance, and, the most crucial element, the current Vegas betting odds on whether that nominee will win.
So click through this info on the major nominees. (The “Road to Oscars” lists the precursor awards—the Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice, BAFTA, Directors Guild Association, and Golden Globe—the Oscar nominee has been nominated for. If it’s listed in color, that means they won the award.) Outside of the big six categories—you know, the ones everyone cares about—we just listed the nominee ruled most likely win by Vegas odds.
Best of luck! May Meryl Streep not surprise and win for August: Osage County and ruin the Oscar pool for us all!
(Click the arrows to scroll through the categories.)
Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave (Odds: 1/8)
Animated Feature: Frozen (Odds: 1/40)
Animated Short: Get a Horse! (Odds: 1/12)
Cinematography: Gravity (Odds: 1/50)
Costume Design: The Great Gatsby (Odds: 2/9)
Documentary Feature: The Act of Killing (Odds: 8/15)
Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6 (Odds: 1/10)
Film Editing: Gravity (Odds: 4/9)
Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (Odds: 2/11)
Live Action Short: The Voorman Problem (Odds: 8/11)
Makeup: Dallas Buyers Club (Odds: 1/100)
Original Score: Gravity (Odds: 1/7)
Original Screenplay: Her (Odds: 1/2)
Original Song: “Let It Go” – Frozen (Odds: 1/5)
Production Design: The Great Gatsby (Odds: 8/13)
Sound Editing: Gravity (Odds: 1/33)
Sound Mixing: Gravity (Odds: 1/20)
Visual Effects: Gravity (Odds: 1/100)