“And the Oscar goes to…”

These famous words have sent shivers down spines more than 3,000 times since the first awards ceremony took place in 1929, and after the 89th instalment on Feb. 26 these words will have been said at least 24 more times. The glitz and glamour of Hollywood will gather at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard where winners of the legendary golden statuette, Oscar, will be announced.

Jimmy Kimmel of the Jimmy Kimmel Live show will be hosting the gala event where the best films of 2016 will be honoured throughout the evening. This year there are 24 categories for the Academy to consider and there are plenty of nominees to choose from.

Every year there’s always a few films that look like they could sweep the Oscars and pick up a truck load of trophies and this year the drama-comedy-musical “La La Land” with 12 nominations, which is just 1 short of “Titanic” in 1998, is a clear favourite. It’s at the odds of 1.10 in our sportsbook to win Best Picture while Emma Stone is at 1.15 to win Best Actress for her leading role. Her co-lead on the other hand, Ryan Gosling, is at a hefty 17.00 times your money to win Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Next film with multiple nominations is the drama “Moonlight” which could receive up to 8 Oscars, including Best Picture (7.00) and Best Director (Barry Jenkins at 10.50). The Second World War action drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” directed by Mel Gibson (30.00), has been nominated for 6 awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), and Best Director.

Surprises and politics

The Oscars is usually full of surprises and politics that only add to the excitement. Keep in mind that Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated 5 times before he won his first trophy for Best Actor in “The Revenant” in 2016. Many will agree that he’s outperformed himself in previous films such as “The Departed (2007),” “Django Unchained (2012)” and “The Wolf of Wall Street (2014).”

DiCaprio devoted more than half of his acceptance speech to climate change and urged people to support leaders around the world who do not speak for big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity. He is not alone in ceasing the moment to share political views on the Oscar-stage. The most infamous speech ever given must have been documentary film maker Michael Moore after he won the Oscar for Best Documentary Film – “Bowling for Columbine” – in 2003.

Only four days earlier President George Bush had launched his war campaign against Iraq and Moore shouted into the microphone that Bush should be ashamed while the audience were booing at the top of their lungs and the music normally reserved for speeches that become too longwinded started playing to get him off the stage.

There have also been sincerely heartfelt moments like when Cuba Gooding Jr won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the 1996 drama Jerry Maguire, starring alongside Tom Cruise. Gooding was so moved and caught up by the moment that he kept thanking co-stars, wife and family members, God, and everybody involved in the movie while the band was trying to play him off the stage. He wouldn’t be silenced and started receiving standing ovations instead.

Academy Awards specials

Keeping in mind that the Oscars ceremony has had its fair share of controversy over the years, we’ve compiled a list of interesting odds to bet on that falls out of the ordinary. Betting on these will for sure make your evening a bit more interesting. Especially when taking into consideration how political it can get. Here’s a short list of bets to increase the entertainment:

This should give you a small taste of all the fun you can have during the evening. Make sure you have your soda and popcorn ready. And lastly, here’s a little acting challenge for you: act like you’re not surprised every time you make a winning bet!