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Oscar fever: All Oscar-nominated films are available on The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, RARBG, Demonoid, LimeTorrents and KickassTorrents
It’s that time of the year when Oscar fever grips the world and we tune to our TV sets to know about the Oscar winners for 2017. The Oscar awards ceremony will start in a few hours from now but you will be surprised to know that almost all of the Oscar nominated films are available on torrent websites like The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, RarBG, KickassTorrents, Demonoid, LimeTorrents, Torrent Downloads, TorrentProject, YTS.ag and EZTV etc.for download.
Most of the films are screener versions which guarantee top quality save a few which are DVD rips. Only one film, George Lucas ‘Star Wars: The Rogue One’ is still not available in hi-res version. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, ‘Star Wars: The Rogue One’ was released on 10th December 2016 and yet the torrents available for this film are just cam rips. Ironically, ‘Star Wars: The Rogue One’ has been the top hit for 2017, collection over $1 billion at box office and yet it seems to have been given a miss by top movie rippers on the torrent circuit, perhaps due to pressure from movie production houses and authorities.
Just like an Oscar nomination or award does marvels for any film in theaters, they also tend to do very well on torrent websites. Torrent Freak has compiled data from Oscar piracy watcher Andy Baio to take look at the Oscar nominated/awarded films available on torrent websites.
Baio’s data states that normally the pirated screeners of Oscar-nominated movies start to appear on torrent websites around December. As we had exposed in 2015, many of these titles leaked from DVD screener copies which were sent out to reviewers, including Academy members who vote for the Oscars.
Oscar movies torrents in 2017
2017 has been starkly different to earlier years for torrents. While new movies still make it to the torrent websites, the screener versions came only in early January 2017. The biggest reason for this is the multi-pronged crackdown on torrent websites and rippers. ISPs in UK are already sending notices to torrent users in the United Kingdom to abstain from downloading torrents while nearly all Australian ISPs have been ordered by a court to block major torrent websites like The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrents, RARBG etc.
First of the screener versions to appear on torrent websites was Denzel Washington starrer Fences and soon after more and more screeners appeared online. With just a few hours to go before Oscars 2017 begun, a total of 14 screeners of nominated films are available on most big torrent websites like The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrents, RARBG, YTS, KickassTorrents etc., which is comparable to previous years.