The 2013 Oscars will surely boost sales of all the movies in contention but does that also apply to pirated movies? On torrent sites, it seems as though the Oscars only helped a few movies.
The most pirated movie on torrent sites was not an Oscar winner nor was it a nominee. The remake of “Red Dawn,” starring Chris Hemworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Isabel Lucas was the most pirated movie according to TorrentFreak. The reason for “Red Dawn” being the most downloaded movie could be due to a leak of the DVD which will ship on March 5.
Five Oscar nominated films did make the top ten list of most pirated movies. “Django Unchained,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Lincoln,” “Life of Pi” and “Skyfall” were among the most downloaded movies of the week. “Skyfall” has always been a popular movie on torrent sites so it’s no surprise to see it among the most pirated movies.
“Django Unchained” jumped four spots from last week’s list to become the fourth most pirated movie of the week. “Django Unchained” won two awards during the Oscars telecast with Christoph Waltz picking up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor while Quentin Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay.
“Silver Linings Playback” returned to the most pirated list after dropping off of last week’s list according to TorrentFreak. “Silver Linings Playbook,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar for Best Actress, and Bradley Cooper, was the fifth most downloaded movie of the week.
“Lincoln” returned to the most pirated list, coming in sixth place, having disappeared for the last three weeks. While Steven Spielberg did not win the Oscar for Best Director, while Sally Fields and Tommy Lee Jones were shut out for Supporting Oscars, Daniel Day Lewis did win the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.
“Life of Pi” has been one of the most pirated movies ever since a screener copy leaked online and for the week leading up to the Oscars it was the ninth most pirated movie. “Skyfall” was the tenth most pirated movie according to TorrentFreak.
The other four movies nominated for Best Picture, “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Amour” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” did not make the list of most pirated movies the week before the Oscars. That could change next week, especially after “Argo” being named Big Picture, but “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” were popular torrents throughout January and December. Surprisingly, “Amour” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” were never among the most pirated movies for any week notes TorrentFreak.
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