"I'm totally pro-Kanye West. Kanye for Oscar host!" demands our $100 contest winner Joe Marino (screen name DamianWayne), who earned the top score predicting this year's MTV VMA Awards at Gold Derby. Are YOU pro or anti Kanye? After reading about how Marino did so well predicting the VMAs, be sure to weigh in with your thoughts in our red-hot forums.
Marino is 28 years old and hails from Glassboro, NJ where he's a film student. He was one of only two users to reap 67% accuracy predicting the VMAs, though he broke the tie with BruceTsai thanks to using his special 500 and 200 bets wisely. Check out Marino's winning predictions here. Compare them to all of the other hundreds of users' rankings here.
"With this being fan voted, it seemed obvious who the winners of the big categories would be," reveals Marino, a longtime fan of Gold Derby's prediction events. As for the show's controversial host, he adds, "I can't stand Miley Cyrus. She's such a mess of a person."
Marino got all of the major categories correct: Taylor Swift for Video of the Year, Best Female Video and Best Pop Video, Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars for Best Male Video and Nicki Minaj for Best Hip Hop Video. Of the major categories he missed, Marino predicted FKA Twigs would win Artist to Watch instead of Fetty Wap and he opted for Swift to win Best Direction instead of Kendrick Lamar.
Among the four groups who make predictions, our Editors, Experts, Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who had done the best predicting last year's winners) and All Users tied with 33% correct, down slightly from 37.5% for all groups last year. Click each link in the previous sentence or in our accuracy chart to see these scores for yourself.
Below, watch Kanye's off-the-wall speech that took Hollywood by storm Sunday night, and then sound off about what you think of Kanye as Oscar host in the comments section at the bottom of this post.