The Academy announced today that a second screener video was leaked to the Internet, after yesterday’s announcement of the “Something’s Gotta Give” appearance. I commented yesterday about how screener leaks are far more common than the Academy realizes (or acknowledges), but I decided to do some research to back it up.
I compiled a list of every likely Oscar nominee, using these popular 2004 Oscar predictions as a guide. Then, I tried to find downloadable screener copies of every film on the list.
The results might surprise the Academy. Out of 22 films, screeners for all but one were widely released on the Internet. Of those, 10 were leaked over a month ago, and five were leaked over two months ago.
Below you can find a list of the 22 films, with the date they were leaked and links to the NFO files added by the release group for each:
21 Grams (December 11, 2003)
A Mighty Wind (August 5, 2003)
American Splendor (November 3, 2003)
Big Fish (December 24, 2003)
Cold Mountain (January 3, 2004)
Finding Nemo (August 7, 2003)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (November 28, 2003)
House of Sand and Fog (December 16, 2003)
In America (December 15, 2003)
Kill Bill Volume 1 (November 24, 2003)
The Last Samurai (December 24, 2003)
Lost in Translation (December 11, 2003)
Love Actually (January 6, 2004)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (only available as camcorder videos)
Master and Commander (December 23, 2003)
Mona Lisa Smile (December 20, 2003)
Monster (December 24, 2003)
Mystic River (December 24, 2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean (September 15, 2003)
Seabiscuit (October 6, 2003)
Something’s Gotta Give (December 25, 2003)
Thirteen (December 2, 2003)
The big question: how did the Return of the King screener avoid getting leaked? New Line carefully released screeners to voting members, but specific details about their methods are scarce. Anyone have any information about it?