Oscar screeners: Universal sends ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

It has been a good week to be an Oscar voter if you are a fan of animated fare. Already this week, Disney sent academy members a screener of “Zootopia,” the current frontrunner to win Best Animated Feature, and Columbia delivered a DVD of “Sausage Party,” its R-rated entry in that race. Now it is the turn of Universal, which just dispatched screeners of its summer hit “The Secret Life of Pets.”

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From the creative wizards at Illumination, the production company of the “Despicable Me” franchise, this 3D computer-animated comedy imagines a world in which pets are just their owners, full of joys and worries. Buoyed by rave reviews from some of the leading critics, it scored 75% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes and took in $872 million worldwide.

To date, 19 films have been delivered. Expect that number to rise in the next few days 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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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”

Oct. 18: “Long Way North”

Oct. 12: “Hello, My Name is Doris”

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

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

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