skip to page content

Know More


GameSense is here to help keep gambling a safe, fun source of entertainment.

Learn more »

Play Better


Understand the key concepts that influence the outcome every time you gamble.

Learn more »

Get Support


Tools and resources to help you if gambling no longer feels like a game.

Learn more »

For more information, please contact:

BCLC Media Relations


playnow-c rolls out the red carpet for 88th Academy Awards Novelty Bets


You don’t have to be a Hollywood star to enjoy the glitz and glamour of Oscars night. For the second year in a row, novelty bettors in British Columbia can wager on 20 Academy Awards categories from Best Picture to Best Make Up on

The Revenant is currently favoured to win the Academy Award for Best Picture on It’s also the film that the majority of bettors have their money on to take home the Oscar. Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road and Bridge of Spies have the worst odds of winning Best Picture. A $20 bet for any of the films will return $2000 if they happen to pull an upset.

Leonardo DiCaprio is favoured to win his first Oscar in the Best Actor category for his role in The Revenant. Brie Larsson is the betting favourite to take home the Oscar in the Best Actress Category for her star turn in Room.

In other major categories, The Revenant’s Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu has the best odds of winning Best Director. Sylvester Stallone has the best odds of winning Best Supporting Actor while Alicia Vikander is favoured as Best Supporting Actress.

The 88th Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on February 28, 2016.

In B.C., wagers can be placed online through BCLC has offered novelty bets on the Oscars since 2015, and it is the most popular novelty betting event on

There are more than 100 novelty bets available on, including who will play the next James Bond; will Hilary Clinton win the Democratic Presidential Nomination; will Camilla become Queen?

BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit all British Columbians. Each year, revenue from gambling contributes more than $1 billion to fund important provincial, municipal and charitable programs across B.C.  

Posted in: media release, news article, special events, egaming