Every year, the Academy tries to stop Oscar films from leaking online. And every year, they leak all the same. I’ve been tracking Oscar piracy since 2004, but I’ve decided to up the ante, releasing all the underlying data and extending it to 2003. Six years of Oscar piracy data on all 186 nominated films from 2003 to 2008 — including US release dates for Academy screeners, cams, telesyncs, R5/telecines, screener leaks and retail DVD rips — can all be viewed or downloaded below.
View: Google Spreadsheets
Download: Excel (with formulas)
This year, all but six of the 34 nominated films were available in DVD quality by the last week of January. This is about consistent with past years, but we’re seeing a shift towards studios releasing DVDs closer to their theatrical date. This trend, combined with the new availability of high-quality Region 5 rips from overseas, is making the screener leak less meaningful. After all, why bother releasing the screener if the retail DVD or a direct-from-film transfer is already out?
Collecting this data took me all day, so I’m going to publish my analysis and pretty charts tomorrow. Update: Here’s Part 2, with my analysis and charts.