Charles Jay Offers Oscar Odds Like You've Never Seen Them Before

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Oddsmaker posts dozens and dozens of propositions for Academy Awards night

Writer-publisher-oddsmaker Charles Jay has been known to be rather creative with his propositions. But this time, he may have outdone himself.

Jay, the editor/publisher of ( and editor-in-chief of The Sweet Science (, who compiles numbers for public consumption and fantasy gaming through his service, "The Charles Jay Line," made up his mind that this year he was going to put together more Academy Award propositions than anyone else.

The result is nearly five dozen special, original Oscar propositions that interested parties can find at Diamond Sports International (, one of the world's largest online sportsbooks. "I could have probably done five dozen more," says Jay of his efforts. "Maybe I'll do that next year."

To Jay, it's his own extravaganza of sorts to accompany the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Oscars - which will be awarded on Sunday, February 27 - and to carve out a niche. "I like to do with the Oscars what every Tom, Dick and Harry does with the Super Bowl," he says.

Indeed, Jay has compiled a "Thom, Dick and Harry" proposition, as Oscar wins by Randy Thom (Sound Editing and Sound Mixing), Kirby Dick (Documentary Feature) and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (Visual Effects and Original Score) bring a price of 150/1. In the "Italian-American Connection' prop, it is 800/1 that Leonardo DiCaprio, Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen and Martin Scorcese will all win the big prize in their respective categories. The "British Invasion" prop offers 333/1 that the Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor winners will all hail from the U.K.

The "Hudson-Hawke" proposition makes it 74/1 that both Robert Hudson (Documentary Short Subject) and Ethan Hawke (Adapted Screenplay) come away with wins, and its 11/5 (+220) that a "Kaufman & Kaufman" parlay comes in - that is, Charlie Kaufman for Best Original Screenplay ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") and Ross Kaufman for Best Documentary Feature ("Born Into Brothels"). Then there's the personal favorite of Jay, who also regarded as one of the world's foremost boxing writers - the "Ali-Frazier" prop, which offers 11/1 if both Karolyn Ali's "Tupac: Resurrection" wins for Documentary Feature and John Frazier captures the Visual Effects award for "Spider Man 2."

Elsewhere, it is 55/1 that all four acting winners will be first-time nominees; 3/1 that they'll all be American-born, and 600/1 that none of them will come from a film nominated for Best Picture. It is almost 100/1 (+9979) that the oldest nominee will win all four of the acting Oscars.

Jay went for a bit more levity in his propositions related to the "Razzie" awards (the "worst" of everything - bestowed on Saturday) and in his Razzie-Oscar combinations. In his "My Fellow Americans" prop, it was 40/1 that Alan Alda will win an Oscar for playing a senator in "The Aviator" and that George W. Bush will capture a Razzie for playing a president in "Fahrenheit 9/11." The "WMD" prop yielded a 30/1 return for a "Fahrenheit 9/11" sweep by nominees Bush (Worst Actor), Condaleeza Rice (Worst Supporting Actress) and Donald Rumsfeld (Worst Supporting Actor). In the "Hilary Squared" prop, the payoff was just under 4/1 (+375) if Hilary Swank wins a Best Actress Oscar and Hilary Duff wins a Worst Actress Razzie.

The "Stoned" proposition paid 8/1 if Sharon Stone takes home Worst Supporting Actress and Oliver Stone wins Worst Director. If they also won other awards for Worst Screen Couple and Worst Screenplay, respectively, the "Really Stoned" prop brought 60/1.

"The bottom line is that this is a lot of fun," Jay says. "It gives people another reason to watch the Oscars, aside from seeing if Chris Rock is going to say the 'F' word.

"Come to think of it, I should probably put odds on that too. So keep checking back."

(Propositions from The Charles Jay Line can be found at Diamond Sports International, at Look under "Live Lines" and go to "Oscar Props." For further information, visit TotalAction at All information is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended to promote the violation of any local, state or federal laws.) -- P.O. Box 534, Elkhart, IN 46514


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