In just a couple of days the Oscar nominees for 2013 are going to be announced. Amongst them we find Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and “The Hobbit” – both gathering more than 2.000.000 downloads.
This Thursday the Oscar nominees will be made public, but not before the 5.700 Academy members take their vote.
DVD screeners are offered to selected members of the Academy, and the movie industry is doing its best to keep them from leaking onto the Internet. Despite these efforts, these so-called screeners reached the masses in the form of DVDSCR. Near the end of 2012 Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Citadel and The Sweeney were made available to the public for download.
Near Christmas, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flight, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln also made appearance on file-sharing networks, accompanied by James Bond’s latest adventures in Skyfall (all in the form of DVD screeners).
The beginning of 2013 continued with leaks for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, a huge hit amongst file-sharers. According to TorrentFreak, the movie gathered at least 2 million downloads since it leaked (January the 1st 2013).
Three days later, Zero Dark Thirty and Hitchcock also made their online début.
Another huge hit on BitTorrent’s networks was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained – which leaked on Saturday and gathered 500.000 downloads in just one day.
Other names include The Sessions, West of Memphis, Celeste & Jesse Forever, Anna Karenina, and Hyde Park on Hudson.