The betting for next year’s Oscars is already well underway and with bookmakers offering quotes on a diverse selection of movies that could perform well in the Best Picture category, punters are on the lookout for those that could be slow burners as the betting tightens up through 2019. 

One film that certainly comes into that category is The Farewell. Directed by rising star Lulu Wang, who won critical acclaim for her debut feature Posthumous (2014), and who was named one of ten Directors To Watch by Variety in January this year, the film tells the story of a New York artist who travels to China to visit her terminally ill grandmother. Wang wrote the screenplay, which is based on a story about her real-life grandmother’s illness that she told on an edition of the popular weekly radio broadcast This American Life. The movie stars rapper and actress Awkwafina, along with Chen Hanwei and Tzi Ma, and has been given a 17/1 quote by bookmaker Paddy Power. 

That puts it among the outsiders in the Best Picture betting, such as The Lion King (17/1) The Souvenir (17/1) and Little Women (16/1) but one advantage that it may enjoy over some of the other movies in the running for the Best Picture Award is the fact that critics have already seen it and rated it very highly. Although it is scheduled for general release in July, it was one of the most popular films premiered at this year’s Sundance Festival. In fact, a survey of critics on the Indiewire site awarded the film the title of Best Film, while Wang was recognised for Best Director and Best Screenplay. 

Currently, the Best Picture market is headed by Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, which Paddy Power rate as a 3/1 chance, while The Laundromat (4/1) and The Last Thing He Wanted (6/1) are also prominent in the betting for next February’s Awards.  

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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