Oscar screeners: Warner Bros. sends ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ with Eddie Redmayne

Warner Bros. just sent Oscar voters screeners of one of the biggest hits of the year: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” With the holidays upon us, academy members with children or grandchildren around are sure to pop in this DVD for a fun-filled two hour journey to a fantasy world created by J.K. Rowling of “Harry Potter” fame.

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“Fantastic Beasts” takes us back to 70 years before Harry’s adventures, and it also takes us across the pond to New York, where writer Newt Scamander (Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne) encounters a secret community of witches and wizards. Scamander would end up writing the textbook that Harry and his peers study at Hogwarts. Indeed, Rowling published “Fantastic Beasts” under Scamander’s name in 2001.

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The academy doesn’t always gravitate toward fantasy blockbusters, but there’s precedent for “Beasts” since it’s spun off from the “Harry Potter” films that have a proven Oscar track record. Can it meet or exceed those standards?

To date, 47 films have been delivered this season. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

DECEMBER
Dec. 21:  “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Dec. 20: “Allied”
Dec. 20: “Fences”
Dec. 20: “Silence”

Dec. 19: “La La Land”

Dec. 16: “Moonlight”

Dec. 14: “2oth Century Women”

Dec. 13: “Jackie”

Dec. 12: “Elle”
Dec. 12: “Julieta”
Dec. 12: “Toni Erdmann”

Dec.6: “Arrival”
Dec, 6: “Florene Foster Jenkins”

Dec. 5: “Miss Sloane”

Dec. 2: “Christine”
Dec. 2: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
Dec. 2: “Life, Animated”
Dec. 2: “The Music of Strangers”
Dec. 2: “Neruda”

NOVEMBER
Nov. 30: “The Dressmaker”
Nov. 30: “The Handmaiden”
Nov. 30: “Manchester by the Sea”
Nov. 30: “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (Actors branch)

Nov. 23: “Trolls”

Nov. 21: “Finding Dory”

Nov. 18: “Deepwater Horizon”
Nov. 18: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Nov. 17: “Sully”

Nov. 15: “The Secret Life of Pets”
Nov. 15: “Sausage Party”

Nov. 14: “Captain America: Civil War”
Nov. 14: “The Jungle Book”
Nov. 14: “Zootopia”

Nov. 11: “The Birth of a Nation”

Nov. 9: “Hell or High Water”

Nov. 7: “Captain Fantastic”
Nov. 7: “Denial”
Nov. 7: “Eye in the Sky”

Nov. 1: “Cafe Society”
Nov. 1: “Love and Friendship”
Nov. 1: “The Neon Demon”

OCTOBER
Oct. 18: “Long Way North”

Oct. 12: “Hello, My Name is Doris”

SEPTEMBER
Sept. 24: “I Saw the Light”
Sept. 24: “The Meddler”

AUGUST
Aug. 30: “Maggie’s Plan”
Aug. 30: “Miles Ahead”

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