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The Academy Awards are known universally as The Oscars Ceremony. It's the biggest movie award ceremony in the world and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Actors, producers and directors dream of getting their hands on an Oscar statuette as the awards recognize the greatest achievements in the movie industry over the past year.

The award ceremony first took place in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in front of an audience of 270 people and lasted just 15 minutes.  The awards have been known as The Oscars since 1931. Just why they have acquired that title isn't known for sure. The most accepted explanation is that the Academy's executive secretary Margaret Herrick felt the statue resembled her uncle Oscar.

They were first televised in 1953 and the event is now watched annually in more than 200 countries and lasts several hours. A whole range of famous people have hosted the awards, usually top comedians with Bob Hope holding the record for hosting the awards on 19 occasions.

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vote for who they should win each category. Nominations are announced at the end of January with the ceremony taking place in February. Once the nominees have been announced, focus is switched to looking at the potential winners and as with all major events these days, there is potential to be had in the Oscars betting market!

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2019 Oscars

It's obviously early on to be predicting who will come out on top next year. There's a lot of backing at present for 'Black Panther' which has been a massive box office hit this year. 'Boy Erased' starring Lucas Hedges as a preacher's son who is forced to undergo gay conversion therapy seems to be the kind of movie that the voters might go for. 'Mamma Mia 2' isn't expected to give Meryl Streep or Cher another Oscar.

2018 Oscar Winners

The 2018 Oscars Awards were held at the Doby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on March 4 and it proved to be a successful night for the movies 'The Shape of Water'  which won four awards including the Best Picture and Director.  'Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri' won two Oscars including best actress for Frances McDormand. She later had her Oscar stolen so now knows how Judy Garland felt after 'A Star is Born.' Thankfully, she was re-united with it later in the evening. British actor Gary Oldman won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in 'Darkest Hour.' 'Dunkirk' won three Oscars but in the sound and editing categories.

 

Main awards

  • Best Picture - The Shape of Water
  • Best Director - Guillermo de Toro for The Shape of Water
  • Best Actor - Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour
  • Best Actress - Frances McDormand for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Best Supporting Actor - Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Best Supporting Actress - Allison Janny for I, Tonya.
  • Best Animated Film - Coco
  • Best Original Song - Remember Me from Coco

Bets Available on the Oscars

The most popular market - and the most prestigious award - is the Oscar for Best Picture.  Markets are available on all the major Oscar categories and you can also bet on how many Oscars a particular film will win. More novelty based markets are available also such as whether or not recipients will drop their award on stage and this year there is also a special market for La La Land. With the film nominated for a joint record 14 awards, there are odds currently being offered on whether or not it claim a clean sweep and win each award it is nominated for.

 

Previous Oscars winners

A list of Oscar winners is almost the same as a list of the greatest screen actors, actresses and directors of the 20th and 21st century.

The most Oscars won by a movie is 11 achieved by Ben Hur, Titanic and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King which was nominated in 11 categories and won every single one. The most nominations for a film is 14 for All About Eve, Titanic and most recently La La Land.

Walt Disney won 22 Oscars including a record four in a year in 1954. In all he was given 26 Oscars as he also won four honorary Oscars.

The most Oscars won by a female is Edith Head who won eight for costume design.

The  youngest winner of an Oscar is Tatum O'Neal who won a Best Supporting Actress award for 'Paper Moon' when she was just 10 years old. Justin Henry was just eight when being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the film 'Kramer vs Kramer.'

The most nominations ever have gone to Meryl Streep who has been nominated 18 times, but has only won three Oscars so far. Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most Oscars won for acting, with four, all for Best Actress.

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