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What films people are betting on for 2020 Best Director at the Oscars

Sam Mendes is favored to win Best Director at the 2020 Oscars, but Bong Joon-Ho and his film Parasite are closing fast. Will Quentin Tarantino pull an upset? We check the betting markets for the Academy Awards.

Sam Mendes attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 After Party at The Grosvenor House Hotel on February 02, 2020 in London, England. Photo by Robin Pope/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Oscars honor the best in cinema, and the cinematic genius of five tremendous films are nominated for Best Director at the 2020 Academy Awards. On Sunday, February 9th, those behind the camera will be celebrated as those in front live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

The biggest prize available is for Best Picture, and the World War II epic 1917 is the favorite. Sam Mendes’ film about a man caught between the war and his family, but there are always surprises on Oscar Night. There’s been a late surge for Parasite by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, and the odds have been moving towards the subtitled film that is a lock to win Best Foreign Film; right now you have to bet $100 to win $1 on Parasite in that category.

And don’t count out Quentin Taratino’s spin on Hollywood of the late 60’s and the Manson Family murders, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. It’s not getting buzz, but Tinseltown isn’t afraid to laud itself during awards season.

Below are the updated odds, as well as how much action is bet on each film, from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Best Director

Nominee % of Handle Odds
Nominee % of Handle Odds
Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) 34% +300
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) 7% +5000
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) 15% +1700
Sam Mendes (1917) 38% -500
Todd Phillips (Joker) 6% +5000

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