With betting for the 2020 Academy Awards already well underway, there’s a crowded field of potential winners for punters to study, including the much-hyped Captain Marvelstarring Brie Larson. 

Bookmakers Paddy Power have given the movie a 20/1 quote, which puts it alongside science fiction epic Ad Astra and just behind The Lion King and The Farewell in the betting for Best Picture in 2020, but the movie does have one advantage over those contenders in that has already hit the silver screen. In fact, Captain Marvel has been a box office success. After premiering in London at the end of February, the movie has recorded the sixth biggest opening of all time, and at the end of March, had grossed $990.6 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing movie of 2019. 

The movie is the 21st in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and stars Larson as the eponymous hero who is caught up in a galactic war between two alien races in the 1990s. It also stars Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening and Lee Pace and tells the story of how Larson’s character, Carole Denvers, becomes the famous super hero. 

But like the other MCU movie in the Oscars betting, The Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel will have to defy history if it is to scoop the Best Picture prize. Although super hero movies have regularly claimed the Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, none have ever won the Best Picture, in fact, a super hero movie has yet to number among the nominations. 

The movie is also up against some heavyweight competition, not least this year’s Avengers film, which could rival it for box office success. The current favourite for Best Picture, The Irishman, (3/1) directed by Martin Scorcese is a star-studded affair that features Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, while three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep stars in political thriller The Laundromat (4/1) and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (7/1) and A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (9/1), starring Tom Hanks, are eagerly anticipated contenders. 

Published by Andie Hughes

Based in England, Andie Hughes is a freelance betting writer with over a decade of experience in the industry. Andie has written for ESPN, Betfair, Sporting Life, and Boylesports, and can be contacted at andiehughes73@gmail.com.

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