You can say goodbye to those Monday blues because just a day after we woke up to 5 Oscar hopefuls getting leaked on online piracy websites, a bigger bunch has found its way online on Monday. The new batch is led by Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.
The other films that have found their way online are the recent Rocky sequel Creed, Tom Hardy’s British gangster drama Legend and Ron Howard’s recent maritime thriller In the Heart of the Sea.
Creed, directed by Ryan Coogler opened in November to excellent reviews, especially for Sylvester Stallone and Michael B Jordan’s performance. In Legend, Tom Hardy plays twin London gangsters Reginald and Ronnie Kray. While the film didn’t wasn’t as widely loved Hardy’s other Oscar hopeful leak The Revenant, his performance, as usual, was appreciated. In the Heart of the Sea was released only a couple of weeks ago to mixed reviews. The Ron Howard directed film starring Chris Hemsworth is about the story of the crew that inspired Moby Dick.
But once again, the biggest of the new leaks has to be Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. The director has been incredibly protective of his movie, going to the trouble of getting around a hundred American theatres installed with 70mm film projectors. He shot it in Ultra Panavision, making it the first such release in over 40 years. There is no doubt he intended it to be experienced on the biggest screen possible. And Tarantino isn’t a stranger to year-end screener leaks: His previous western Django Unchained was also leaked similarly.
The leaks of these screeners has become somewhat of a norm around this time of the year. Studios distribute copies of these films to Academy voters to make sure most of them have had a chance to watch them before submitting their final votes. Whatever the reason may be, they invariably find their way online. Previous victims, aside from the ones leaked on Sunday include, The Coen’s True Grit, Clint Eastwood’s Bradley Cooper starrer American Sniper, and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
While the financial downside of such leaks is obvious, they have absolutely no affect on critical appreciation or their Oscar chances. What we can be sure of is that more movies will be leaked post haste.
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