In our webcam chat below, he says, “I mostly follow the guilds,” which he defines as “those other awards that have overlap with Oscars.
“I was pretty confident in my top 8 for Best Picture,” he says of his predictions. “I usually have a confident 3 or 4 and from there — either deciding what I think will be a surprise upset or what will be an inclusion that maybe everyone else isn’t predicting. Cross my fingers.”
Dittes tied two other users – Denton and Jeremy – for best accuracy (79%), but he won our $1,000 contest prize by besting the others in total point score: 32,531, topping Denton merely by 429 points. Last year Dittes came in 12th place with 75%.
“I am 30, originally from Minnesota,” he says. “I moved to New York City about 6 years ago. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and my two cats. I’m assistant director of a small contemporary dance company. I choreograph and perform with them and then I work in retail to pay the bills.” He says that he’s obsessively watched and predicted the Oscars for 16 years and he’s been a Gold Derby user since 2011.
We break down his predictions here.
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