Oscar screeners: Columbia Pictures sends ‘Sausage Party’

Just a day after Oscar voters received a screener of the Disney hit “Zootopia,” the current frontrunner to win Best Animated Feature, they got one for “Sausage Party.” This Columbia Pictures summer release is hoping to be the first foul-mouthed, R-rated entry in that race, which has a record 27 contenders this year. Buoyed by rave reviews from some of the leading critics, it scored 83% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes and took in $140 million.

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“Sausage Party” was co-directed by Conrad Vernon (“Shrek 2,” “Madagascar 3”) and Greg Tiernan (“Thomas & Friends”) and co-written and produced by Seth Rogen, who also voices the lead character, Frank. But while the film employs much profane humor — even the title is a penis pun — many critics also made mention of some surprisingly nuanced themes.

To date, 18 films have been delivered. Expect that number to rise in the week leading up to Thanksgiving (a prime time to catch up on contenders.) Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

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NOVEMBER
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”

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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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