9 January 2013 12:05 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Only a few movies will win Oscar gold, but for digital pirates, the high-quality DVDs called "screeners" -- sent to more than 6,000 Academy members each year -- are the real treasure. Released far before consumer DVDs, these studio-polished video recordings are infinitely more reliable than the stock that so often finds its way to pirate sites -- in-theater camcorder recordings and shaky takes of movies ripped from hotel pay-per-view.

Oscar contenders "Django Unchained," "Anna Karenina," and "Hyde Park On Hudson" were just three of six screeners leaked to piracy websites last week, according to TorrentFreak. Earlier this month pirates were treated to screeners of "The Hobbit," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Hitchcock."

The slice of the world that uses, say, the Pirate Bay to watch videos isn't a microcosm of the whole movie-watching world -- so the most watched pirated films are a bit surprising. Check out our gallery of top screeners below. »


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