91st Academy Awards, Other Entertainment Betting Results to Look Forward to in 2019
Date Posted: December 10, 2018
Several sportsbooks have opened their platforms for betting on different entertainment-related events that will be happening in 2019. From TV series endings to the name of the soon-to-be-born baby of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, bookies have set their odds on what they think the results to these will be.
Some bookies like BetOnline.ag and betusracing set the deadline for bets until the last day of 2018 only, while bwin and Sky Bet, among others, are letting online punters place wagers until the results come out in 2019. Here are some of the entertainment betting outcomes bettors should look out for next year:
1| 91st Academy Awards
Online bookmakers have opened their sites for betting on who online punters think will be the winners of the 91st Academy Awards, or as most people call it, the Oscars. The annual awards night will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on February 24, 2019.
Even though the list of nominees for the different categories would not be released until January 22, betting portals still put out odds for the films, actors, actresses, and directors they think have a chance in winning an Oscar.
The betting for Oscars’ Best Picture category had bookies’ odds agree with one another as they gave A Star is Born the highest odds of winning. Betstar gave the film +175 odds, while BetOnline.ag and bwin set it at +120 and +140 odds, respectively.
The 2018 film A Star is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper, was inspired by a movie released in 1937 of the same name. Bradley Cooper’s film garnered a ton of praise when it was released last October which is one of the reasons as to why it has the highest odds of winning the Oscar for Best Picture. Even celebrities expressed their delight through social media after seeing the movie.
Famous actress and singer Lea Michele tweeted about loving the film when she watched it during the premiere. She even praised the movie’s lead actress Lady Gaga. Her tweet read:
“Last night #AStarIsBorn premiere? This movie was so good it’s hard to even put into words.. broke my heart into a million pieces but I loved every moment of it! @ladygaga you are brilliant❤”
Last night #AStarIsBorn premiere? This movie was so good it’s hard to even put into words.. broke my heart into a million pieces but I loved every moment of it! @ladygaga you are brilliant❤️ pic.twitter.com/dZ1LAt2lic
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) September 25, 2018
Cher, legendary singer and Goddess of Pop, also posted on Twitter how much her friend enjoyed watching A Star is Born. She then gave compliments to fellow singer Lady Gaga regarding her onscreen performance. Her tweet read:
“Friend Saw “A Star Is Born” Last Nite & Said it was GREAT‼ “Bradley Cooper did GREAT JOB DIRECTING &ACTING,& GAGA WAS SO NATURAL IT DIDNT SEEM LIKE SHE WAS ACTING‼️To Bradley…WELL DONE? TO GaGa…. BABE….I ALWAYS FELT YOU COULD DO IT,& IM SO PROUD OF YOU ???”
Friend Saw “A Star Is Born”
Last Nite & Said it was GREAT‼️
“Bradley Cooper did GREAT JOB DIRECTING &ACTING,& GAGA WAS SO NATURAL IT DIDNT SEEM LIKE SHE WAS ACTING‼️To Bradley…WELL DONE??
TO GaGa…. BABE….I ALWAYS FELT YOU COULD DO IT,& IM SO PROUD OF YOU ???
— Cher (@cher) September 25, 2018
Other categories for betting on the 91st Academy Awards are also open. These include Oscars’ Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress categories, to name a few.
Alfonso Cuaron, director of the drama film Roma, is the most favored when it comes to odds for winning Best Director. Ladbrokes and bet365 gave him odds of -200 and -225, respectively. For Best Actor, Bradley Cooper is leading with -166 odds of winning coming from Betstar and bwin.
However, the odds of different bookies for the Best Actress category do not match up as some favor Lady Gaga while others predict that Glenn Close and her acting in The Wife will win her the Oscar. Sky Bet favors Gaga with +137.5 odds of winning. Meanwhile, bwin only gives her +165 odds of winning, which is lower compared to its odds of +140 for Close.
2| The Future Child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The online community went ablaze after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announced that they are pregnant. Now, sportsbooks have opened betting on what punters think the baby’s gender, name, and date of birth will be.
The Royal Couple first announced their pregnancy during Princess Eugenie’s wedding. After a few days, their official Twitter account posted a tweet to broadcast the news to the whole world. The @KensingtonRoyal tweet read:
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.”
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
Many Twitter users congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their first child, causing the Royal Baby announcement to become a trending topic. @TheRoyalExpert tweeted about the trend as it was happening. The tweet read:
“The entirety of the UK is talking about the #royalbaby, it seems. Everyone just loves Harry and Meghan!”
— Victoria Howard (@TheRoyalExpert) October 15, 2018
Eventually, multiple sportsbooks such as Ladbrokes, Sky Bet, and Betfair started offering Royal Baby betting categories.
One of the open categories that punters can bet on is what they think the baby’s name will be. The names with high odds are Royal Names such as Philip, Arthur, Alice, James, Victoria, and Diana. The bookie bet365 gave the name Philip the highest odds at +1000. The same bookmaker gave the names Arthur, Alice, Diana, and Victoria +1200 odds, while James stands at +1400 odds.
Bookies like Sky Bet and Paddy Power even offered betting on other baby names that the Royal Couple might think of giving their baby. Some of these names are Jed, Boris, Patrick, and Doris. The name Joffrey, inspired by the Game of Thrones character, is also being offered by Betfair with +50,000 odds of winning.
Other categories for Royal Baby betting are the baby’s gender and when the baby will be born. Special bets like the Duchess of Sussex is carrying twins or triplets are also available for online bettors who prefer to place wagers on those kinds of predictions.
3| Glastonbury 2019 Headliners
The Glastonbury Festival disappointed a lot of concert goers as it did not have its usual 5-day music festival this year. But with the event’s return in June 2019, bookmakers have started opening betting on who the music-loving punters think would be the headliners for next year’s Pyramid Stage.
Last year, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheeran headlined the Pyramid Stage. The artists capped each night off with sets that lasted two hours long.
For next year, Glastonbury has announced only one headliner so far – Stormzy.
We’re delighted to announce that Stormzy is confirmed as the first headliner for Glastonbury 2019. The multi award-winning British MC will headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday, June 28th. pic.twitter.com/xXhKPuKC3z
— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) November 15, 2018
On November 15, Emily Eavis, one of Glastonbury’s organizers, first announced Stormzy’s Pyramid Stage headline with a poster on Twitter. The tweet read:
“Your Friday night Pyramid headliner is the mighty Stormzy!”
Your Friday night Pyramid headliner is the mighty Stormzy! pic.twitter.com/z2W9xNsxUE
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) November 15, 2018
With the first of three headliners out of the way, bookmakers have adjusted the odds for who their predicted headliners are.
Bookies were indecisive as to who will receive the highest odds of headlining the Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury 2019. Sky Bet is rooting for The Cure by giving the new-wave band -400 odds. Meanwhile, Betway predicts that Liam Gallagher will cap the night off at the Pyramid Stage with +174 odds. Other artists that punters can place bets on are The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney, and Elton John, to name a few.
4| Game of Thrones Season 8
HBO announced that the final season of the Game of Thrones will be airing in April 2019, and bookies have opened betting for different predictions of what will happen in the hit TV series.
On November 13, the official Game of Thrones Twitter account posted the trailer for the upcoming season to get fans hyped up. The tweet read:
“Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every death. All #ForTheThrone.”
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 13, 2018
Even before the teaser was posted, sportsbooks such as betusracing and William Hill have already started offering different categories for betting on the series finale.
Online bettors can place wagers on whom they think will be the first character to perish during the TV show’s final season. Sky Bet predicts that Euron Greyjoy will be the first one to go as he stands at +125 odds, while Yara Greyjoy, Euron’s niece, stands close to him with +400 odds.
Meanwhile, betusracing believes that Yara will die first by giving her +200 odds and her uncle +800 odds. Other characters that punters can bet on are Tormund Giantsbane, Samwell Tarly, and Davos Seaworth, among others.
Betting on which character fans think will rule Westeros by the season finale is also open. For betusracing, Daenerys Targaryen has the highest odds of being the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms with +275 odds, while Jon Snow comes in as a close second with +300 odds.
However, on top of Sky Bet’s odds list is Bran Stark with -150 odds. The reason for his high odds may come from the theories of how viewers think that he and the Night King are one, giving him chances of sitting on the Iron Throne. If this theory is true, it also gives those who wagered on the Night King a chance to win when the show ends.
Aside from the aforementioned, there are other unique categories that fans can wager on for Game of Thrones. Sky Bet offers wagering on whom bettors think will say the first line of the season. The bookie even has a category for special bets like Jon marrying Daenerys before the season ends and Ed Sheeran singing in the show for one last time.
Interested punters can look forward to 2019 by betting on these entertainment categories before the year ends.