It's that time of year again when the awards season starts, and the first one is the Golden Globes.Our friends over at MyBookie.ag were one of the first online books to release odds on the 73 rd Golden Globe Awards. The Golden Globe Awards air live on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, and I know I will have lots of action on the Golden Globes betting board. Some of these categories have huge favorites, but they also have outstanding value. At this time I will show you the opening odds on the 73 rd Golden Globes Awards and tell you if you should jump on some long shots or take the favorite. Awards shows like this are such a great betting option because a sharp handicapper can easily score a big profit, especially at the Golden Globes where we have seen some shocking snubs. I can guarantee we will see some shocking upsets in 2016.
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There is a reason the sportsbooks offer such low limits on these props as they want to decrease their exposure. However, when a dog hits -- and we will see some underdogs win -- that's when you can make some quick Golden Globe cash. If you are going to place some cash on the Golden Globes, I highly recommend betting them early because these numbers will move quickly because of low limits.
73rd Golden Globe Awards Odds - Provided by MyBookie
Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Revenant 3-1
Mad Max: Fury Road 16-1
(Last year winner: Boyhood, Odds -500) This category was tough for me because I can see three movies that could win the award. Carol was extremely well acted, and The Revenant was outstanding, but I do believe Spotlight runs away with this. The movie was not only hard to watch without being disgusted, but it has such an outstanding cast that I can't imagine Spotlight not winning Best Motion Picture. Grab the -275 right now because this number closes around -400 or higher.
Best Picture - Musical/Comedy
The Martian +100
The Big Short +250
(Last year winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Odds 6-1) Last year we cashed a big 6-1 ticket in this category, and I'm looking for back-to-back plus-money winners. A little confused on why 'The Martian' was in this category for Best Picture Musical or Comedy, but who knows. Hollywood Foreign Press would love to see The Martian win, but I see an upset in this category. I believe Joy steals the statue, and the acting of Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and more, were outstanding, and this movie was a total surprise for me. By waiting you might get a better number with Joy because I believe the public bets the Martian.
Best Director - Motion Picture
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - The Revenant +175
Ridley Scott - The Martian +200
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight +225
George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road 7-1
Todd Haynes - Carol 10-1
(Last year winner: Richard Linklater, "Boyhood", Odds -500) If any category was a coin flip, it's for Best Director. The top three could all win, but I'm going with Ridley Scott in this coin-flip category. Keep an eye out for George Miller, who directed Mad Max, because if I can get 8-1 or higher I might take a stab because some of my contacts have told me that Mad Max in this category is getting a lot of attention.
Best Actor - Motion Picture - Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant -300
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs +300
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl 10-1
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo 12-1
Will Smith - Concussion 25-1
(Last year winner: Eddie Redmayne, "Theory of Everything", Odds -200) Really wanted to pick Eddie Redmayne, but since he won last year for 'The Theory of Everything' it's hard to win back-to-back years unless you are Meryl Streep. Michael Fassbender was great in Steve Jobs, but I'm taking the heavy favorite Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor. This could be a big award season for Mr. DiCapario, and I wonder if he will have different date for all award shows.
Best Actress - Motion Picture - Drama
Brie Larson - Room -175
Cate Blanchett - Carol +275
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn +550
Rooney Mara - Carol 10-1
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl 14-1
(Last year winner: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice", Odds -800) I have not seen the movie 'Room', but again, my contacts in the movie industry say that Brie Larson should be a heavy favorite to win Best Actress. Cate Blanchett was going to be my first choice, but my contacts have been dead on. Also looking at Rooney Mara at 10-1 is very tempting.
Best Animated Feature Film
Inside Out -500
The Good Dinosaur 8-1
The Peanuts Movie 16-1
Shaun The Sheep Movie 16-1
(Last year winner: "How to Train Your Dragon 2") Inside Out is the heavy favorite and deserves to be the heavy favorite. No one is beating Inside Out in all award shows this year. I'm actually shocked that this number wasn't higher around -900.
Other offshore sports books provided these categories:
Best Actor - Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Matt Damon - The Martian -175
Al Pacino - Danny Collins +400
Steve Carell - The Big Short +500
Christian Bale - The Big Short 6-1
Mark Ruffalo - Infinitely Polar Bear 50-1
(Last year winner: Michael Keaton, "Birdman", Odds -1000) Matt Damon's performance made the film "The Martian", and his comic performance in the movie will bring home the statue. Steve Carell and Christian Bale will cancel each other out, and I'm shocked that Mark Ruffalo was picked for his performance in the "Infinitely Polar Bear", which I heard was outstanding. So I believe Al Pacino is the only actor that could upset the favorite, but again it's Matt Damon's night to lose. Grab the -175 now.
Best Actress - Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Amy Schumer - Trainwreck -160
Jennifer Lawrence - Joy -110
Lily Tomlin - Grandma +300
Maggie Smith - The Lady in the Van 16-1
Melissa McCarthy - Spy 18-1
(Last year winner: Amy Adams, "Big Eyes", Odds -110) This one was hard for me to choose because I would love to see the Hollywood Foreign Press give it to Amy Schumer. I just don't see a pure stand-up comic winning this category, and I believe they announce Lily Tomlin for her performance in 'Grandma'. Getting 3-1 on Lily Tomlin is a steal, and I believe she should have been the second favorite in this category instead of Jennifer Lawrence. Probably will have a small ticket on Amy Schumer, but grab the 3-1 on Lily Tomlin because that 3-1 won't be there long.
Best Original Screenplay
Steve Jobs +500
The Big Short +550
The Hateful Eight 16-1
(Last year winner: Birdman) You would think the favorite "Spotlight" would be the easy choice here, but getting "Steve Jobs" 5-1 and "The Hateful Eight" 16-1 seems very tempting. Hard to think that "Spotlight" won't win this category, but wow, some of these betting numbers look off, and if you like underdogs you might want to wait and see how high 'Spotlight" gets bet up. My pick is "Spotlight", but I might hedge off some action on a few underdogs in this category.
Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies -110
Sylvester Stallone - Creed +125
Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation +250
Michael Shannon - 99 Homes 16-1
Paul Dano - Love & Mercy 25-1
(Last year winner: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash", Odds -1000) Sorry, but my inner teenage brain is all over Sylvester Stallone in "Creed". This movie was under the radar until the opening, and crowds and critics fell in love with the story and the amazing acting. I'm not saying "Creed" is better than the original "Rocky" movie, but it's pretty close. Mark Rylance was amazing in "Bridge of Spies", and that movie was a Steven Spielberg movie that was snubbed in other categories, so he could steal my victory. However, I still believe we hear the "Rocky" theme music when Sylvester Stallone walks up to grab the statue.
Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight +125
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs +175
Helen Mirren - Trumbo +500
Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina +300
Jane Fonda - Youth 14-1
(Last year winner: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood", Odds -700) Wow, what a powerful category. All five ladies could easily be the winner, so picking this category was the toughest one. My first thought was I can't believe Jane Fonda is 14-1, and Alicia Vikander was bet down from 7-1 to 3-1. The performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh in "The Hateful Eight" was outstanding, and she held her own against a powerful male cast. I understand why she is the small favorite here. Jennifer Jason Leigh is my pick, but I might have to throw some small cash on a couple more ladies if the numbers climb.
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