Horror movies don’t have a record of success when it comes to winning the Best Picture Oscar. Although the genre regularly features in the technical categories, only one movie that could broadly be described as a horror film has ever scooped the big prize. That was Silence of the Lambs in 1991, which also scooped four other Oscars. Five other horror movies that could loosely be described as from the horror genre have been nominated: The Exorcist (1974), Jaws (1976), The Sixth Sense (2000), Black Swan (2011) and Get Out (2017) but none has won best picture. 

So this year’s sequel to the 2017 success It is up against the weight of history when it comes to competing for the Best Picture, although if box office takings count for anything, it’s worth noting that the 2017 version of the 1986 novel was a huge hit, grossing over $700 million worldwide, and becoming the highest grossing horror movie of all time, surpassing even Jaws.  

Bookmakers remain unconvinced, however. Irish bookies Paddy Power have slotted It: Chapter Twointo the Best Picture market as a firm outsider. The movie is rated a 60/1 shot in their current Best Picture market, at the same prices as Hellboy and Shazam. 

And while Bill Skarsgard may be able to win critical attention for reprising his role as Pennywise, the movie itself is up against some pretty intense competition this year. Punters perusing the list of leading contenders will find a host of Hollywood heavyweights dominating the top of the market, with Martin Scorcese’s gangster thriller The Irishman currently leading the way at 3/1, followed by Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat at 4/1 and another political thriller, The Last Thing He Wanted rated a 6/1 shot. There is also likely to be strong competition from Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (7/1) and the Tom Hanks vehicle A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. 

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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