Indians usually have to wait till the Oscar nominations are announced before we get most of the major contenders here. But, as of Sunday, a total of five Oscar contenders have been leaked online on piracy websites.
The films leaked include Carol, Room, Brooklyn, Straight Outta Compton and The Revenant. What is more interesting is that Compton is the only movie that has seen a theatrical release (August), while the rest are still awaiting release, or have been screened in a limited format.
Carol is Todd Haynes’ new drama starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, both of whom are frontrunners for nominations at this year’s Academy Awards. Room is the new film by Frank director Lenny Abrahamson and its lead actor Brie Larson has been on somewhat of a roll since the premiere at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, scoring nominations at virtually all the awards. Brooklyn is about a young Irish immigrant as she navigates young adulthood in 1952 New York. The film currently has a 98% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes and is yet another major contender for best actress (Saoirse Ronan) and best director (John Crowley).
But undoubtedly the biggest movie that has been leaked is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman follow up The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film has been making headlines for its stupendously difficult production and the lengths to which the cast and crew were pushed. Everyone involved has been a shoo-in since the first screenings were held last month.
These leaks are of screeners that are usually sent to Academy voters around this time of the year. But the leaks aren’t something out of the ordinary. Essentially every year in December, screeners for major awards find their way online.
It remains to be seen how badly these films are affected financially. But what you can be sure of is that these leaks will have nothing to do with their chances of scoring nominations.
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