Sunday, March 07, 2010

And the Best Picture Oscar, according to BitTorrent, goes to ...

Tonight, the Academy Awards will present the Best Picture award, as the last award of the evening. While Roger Ebert has already announced his picks, including "The Hurt Locker" as Best Picture, if you ask filesharers, it's all "District 9."

BitTorrent, for those who don't know, is the popular peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing protocol. While it has illicit uses, it also has legitimate ones. Sharing the sci-fi flick "District 9" is not one of them.

TorrentFreak has compiled a list of the Best Picture nominees, in order of downloads. If you assume each download counts as a vote, and including all manner of downloads (such as a complete DVD rip, shaky cam versions, AVIs, etc.) "District 9" comes out on top, over a million votes better than "Avatar," with "The Hurt Locker trailing badly in third."

As TorrentFreak points out, however, some of these movies have been available online for more than a year, while others only have only been leaked to the web for a short period. Additionally, those who wait for DVD quality downloads will have noted that "Avatar" only became available in DVD-quality a month ago, but "District 9" was widely available last September.

Still, it is an interesting poll. Here are the Oscar nominees in download order:

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