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Sony won't push 'Moon' for Oscars, cites anti-piracy measures

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 Jan 2010 17:34 User comments (16)

Sony won't push 'Moon' for Oscars, cites anti-piracy measures In what is frankly a head-scratching display of skewed reasoning, Sony has said today that it will not promote the sleeper hit Moon (starring Sam Rockwell) for an Oscar award because the movie does not come out on DVD in the U.S. until later this month and the company does not want to have screeners leaked to the Internet.
Last week, director Duncan Jones tweeted his displeasure at Sony's decision to not send screeners out, citing the fact that Moon had been successful (awards-wise) in many other smaller awards shows. You can view his tweets here.

Sony's response (via MovieLine): "The DVD and Blu-ray come out on Jan. 12 next Tuesday and it was felt that to preserve the integrity of the film, we didn't want to send screeners. We're concerned about piracy. The thing about Moon is that its particular genre is very predisposed toward being uploaded onto the Web. We really just wanted to protect that aspect of it. I's a simple as that. [] A lot of publicity for Moon is coming out next week. Hopefully that will remind all the consumers, all the readers and especially any awards folks that this terrific title is out there."

That is all good and well Sony, however, it is notable for me to publish that DVD copies of Moon have been available online since late October, and Blu-ray copies have been available since November.

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16 user comments

16.1.2010 17:54

Sounds like SONY Execs should be seeing a Psychiatrist.

26.1.2010 17:59
scum101
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already seen a screener.. the r5 has been out for a while.. if you know where to look.. it's a yawnfest.

so the mpaa scumbags now try to dictate which films will and won't get nominated for industry/guild awards.. another nail. bang!

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36.1.2010 18:04

You are joking right?? The 1080p version is all around the net.

Didnt like that movie at all.

46.1.2010 18:08

What 'planet' are Sony on ?, as per the article, it's been out for ages in various forms. I really liked the film, i saw it in a US cinema, honest.




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56.1.2010 18:08
scum101
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yeah.. if they want to stop the "leaks" they better stop all the newspaper and tv film reviewers getting screeners a fortnight before the premiere hadn't they.. this one came from the "usual sources"

or would that harm their cinema takings as the reviewers have nothing to write and no nice freebies so they write rave reviews of junk?

I was being cagey earlier.. google doesn't have such scruples XD

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66.1.2010 23:32

Quote:
The thing about Moon is that its particular genre is very predisposed toward being uploaded onto the Web.
So, all you sci-fi nerds are to blame for this rampant piracy


Live long and....
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open the pod bay....

77.1.2010 4:30

An oscar isnt such a big deal anymore anyways.

87.1.2010 4:47
av_verbal
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Originally posted by scum101:
already seen a screener.. the r5 has been out for a while.. if you know where to look.. it's a yawnfest.

so the mpaa scumbags now try to dictate which films will and won't get nominated for industry/guild awards.. another nail. bang!
the awards ceremonies like MTV, Oscars, Academy Awards are all fixed by the media companies telling each other how great they are.

to be nominated for an oscar you have to get play time in a list of specific cinemas, so if you are an independent film maker fighting for air time as the MPAA dictate to cinemas what to promote you are up the proverbial creek.

97.1.2010 10:58

Sam says Sony is stupid....

107.1.2010 11:16

Originally posted by Mysttic:
Sam says Sony is stupid....
Which Sam, the first one or the second one, or maybe the third; though obviously all three.



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117.1.2010 11:21
scum101
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Makes me remember The Dead Kennedys at the music awards one year... they told 'em exactly where the mainstream artists stand.. I have audio only of the live broadcast.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pull_My_Strings

gogle it.. should be on g00btube or somewhere.

Now THAT is how to do it... not like these reality tv garbage and "in every bloody thing" actors we have these days.

I watched High Society over xmas.. what a cracking 50's musical.. recommended. .. far better than the last 10 years hollywood garbage.

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127.1.2010 13:09

Wouldn't a shiny "Oscar Winner For..." or "Oscar Nominee For..." label on the case sell more DVDs in the long term? WTF Sony? Not sure about their logic.

138.1.2010 5:42

Originally posted by iamgq:
An oscar isnt such a big deal anymore anyways.
Well said Oscars don't mean sh*t anymore. This was proven when the Oscar for best supporting actor went to Sean Penn instead of a post-humous Oscar to Heath Ledger.

Originally posted by SProdigy:
Wouldn't a shiny "Oscar Winner For..." or "Oscar Nominee For..." label on the case sell more DVDs in the long term? WTF Sony? Not sure about their logic.
Why???? I don't buy DVD's just because they have Oscars on them? I buy them because I like the film. Of the 100 odd DVD's I own, the only time I have ever bought a DVD without seeing the film was The Green Mile, fortunate that turned out quite well for me. I would never purchase a DVD just because it's won awards or been critically acclaimed, neither does anyone else I know.

148.1.2010 15:35

av_verbal they are not all that fixed. Sony is so greedy that they lose money from their cleaver ideas.

1514.1.2010 13:19

Quote:
Why???? I don't buy DVD's just because they have Oscars on them? I buy them because I like the film. Of the 100 odd DVD's I own, the only time I have ever bought a DVD without seeing the film was The Green Mile, fortunate that turned out quite well for me. I would never purchase a DVD just because it's won awards or been critically acclaimed, neither does anyone else I know.
But alot of people do. Or at least blow money on rentals.

And Green Mile? Hmm... must've been an early adopter like me, because that was the first DVD I ever purchased. (Without seeing it too; weird!)

1621.1.2010 16:33
nyurbiz
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LOL, fcuking sony putting their foot in it again.

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