Oscar screeners are continuing to make their way to the web - despite the best efforts of
Dan Glickman and the MPAA, and protests from
filmmakers that the problem doesn't actually exist.
WAXY.org (linked via
MCN) has gone to the trouble of tracking the piracy of Oscar nominated films
for two years in a row. In 2004, every nominated film, with the exception of awards-sweeper Lord of the
Rings: Return of the King, had made it on to the web by mid-January. As of this week, 25 of 30 films nominated
this year by AMPAS have appeared on the internet. Some of the remaining five have already been released on DVD; and as
WAXY cattily notes, in certain cases, such as with Joel Schumacher's Phantom of the Opera, perhaps there was
"no demand" for a screener (tee-hee). In some kind of irony, the comments section of the original post ended up serving
as a forum for would-be downloaders to trade sources for downloading some of the still-unavailable films.
The thing is, many of the films on this list were web-leaked months ago, long before there was even a glimmer in the Academy's nominating eye. I mean, it's hard to believe that the initial appearance of I, Robot on the web, way back in August 2004, had anything to do with its studio's Oscar campaign.