Your best bet for this year’s Academy Awards

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You may soon be able to reap some Academy rewards.

For the first-time ever in the United States, armchair film critics may be able to legally wager on who will win Oscars, after casino regulators last week approved betting on the Academy Awards — only in New Jersey.

William Hill, which operates sports books at the Ocean and Tropicana casinos in Atlantic City, and Monmouth Park racetrack, has posted odds in the top categories.

Should you risk your roll on “Roma,” or lay the greenbacks on “Green Book?” Listen to Johnny O, and you’ll be rolling in the benjamins come Feb. 24.

Best Picture
“Roma” is the odds-on favorite because it’s extreme Oscar bait (black and white, artsy-fartsy, hard-hitting themes). And Alfonso Cuaron is tipped to win Best Director for the film. The Best Picture and Director winners have coincided 80 percent of the time since 1953. But nothing about 2019 is normal. The smart money could be “Green Book,” at 3 to 1, which has racked up as many wins as it has controversies, including Best Picture from the Producers Guild Awards. The PGA winner takes the Oscar 69 percent of the time. “Bohemian Rhapsody” also has been shocking everybody with its wins. It could again — at 15/1 odds.

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