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93rd Academy Awards Odds Heavily Favor Daniel Kaluuya to Win Best Supporting Actor

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by JJ De La Torre in Entertainment

Apr 21, 2021 · 12:14 PM PDT

Oscars Best Supporting Actor & Best Supporting Actress - Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya poses for photographers upon arrival at the BAFTA Film Awards after party in London, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
  • The 93rd Annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, April 25th, 2021, in Los Angeles
  • The nominees for Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies feature some of the year’s most intense–and hilarious– performances, ranging from roles in Judas And The Black Messiah to Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Read through for nominees, odds, and our picks for the winners

Get those popcorn buckets ready. It’s Oscars time, movie lovers! The 93rd Academy Awards are so close. The ceremony will go live this Sunday, April 25th at both the Dolby Theater and Union Station in Los Angeles. Daniel Kaluuya is a massive favorite in the Best Supporting Actor odds.

This year’s Oscars nominees for the Best Supporting acting trophies illustrate the breadth of performances being celebrated. From heartfelt to hilarious, the nominees in both categories show that passion is alive and well onscreen. In these stars’ performances, we see how movies kept the human spirit triumphant throughout this past year of global turmoil.

Odds to Win Best Supporting Actor 2021 Oscars

Actor Odds at DraftKings
Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah) -2500
Paul Raci (Sound of Metal) +1200
Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of The Chicago 7) +1200
Leslie Odom Jr.  (One Night in Miami) +1700
LaKeith Stanfield (Judas And The Black Messiah) +3300

All odds as of April 21st

Daniel Kaluuya’s Award to Lose

For anyone who needs a primer into the enigma that is Daniel Kaluuya, his jaw-dropping role in Judas And The Black Messiah is a hell of a place to start. The role sent Kaluuya over the edge into A-lister territory, but is it enough to land him an Oscar?

According to the odds, Kaluuya is the main (and sole) contender for Best Supporting Actor. The 93rd Academy Awards odds show Kaluuya as the clear favorite. In March, when nominations were first announced, at least the race was close. But Kaluuya’s average odds across multiple sportsbooks have shortened from -475 to -2500 now.

While Paul Raci turned out a great performance in Sound of Metal and other actors like Sacha Baron Cohen and Leslie Odom Jr. brought their A-game to their respective roles, Kaluuya’s magnetism onscreen is unmatchable.

Pick: Daniel Kaluuya (-2500)

Odds to Win Best Supporting Actress 2021 Oscars

Actress Odds
Youn Yuh-jung (Minari) -500
Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) +375
Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy) +1000
Olivia Colman (The Father) +2000
Amanda Seyfried (Mank) +3300

Contenders for Best Supporting Actress

Wow, what a difference a month makes. Opening odds showed an extremely competitive race for Best Supporting Actress. Initially, Youn Yuh-jung and Maria Bakalova opened with almost identical average odds of +188 and +175, respectively. But things have changed.

Now, Bakalova’s odds have tripped a bit, down to +375, while competitor Yuh-jung’s have decreased to -500. Could it be that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the film Bakalova is nominated for, has grown a bit stale on viewers (and thus, voters)? Potentially.

What’s more likely is that Minari, starring Yuh-jung, was a bit of a sleeper hit. It opened to much less fanfare when it was released. But over the past month, Minari has picked up a lot of steam, thanks in part to Yuh-jung’s striking performance.

Can the Oscars Turn a Corner?

But hold the phone. The Oscars–like all awards shows– have been thrown under the bus a lot in recent years for seeming out of touch. And while the Borat franchise typically has none of the prestige associated with the Oscars, awarding Bakalova’s irreverent and poignant performance would be a good indicator that the Academy is ready to step into the current social state.

The rest of the nominees are essentially seat fillers at this point. As much of a disservice as that feels to say about the legendary Glenn Close, it’s sadly true. Unfortunately for this Hollywood icon, this eighth nomination is likely to be her eighth nomination without a single win to date.

Pick: Maria Bakalova (+375)

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