Oscar screeners: Universal sends ‘Sing’ with Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment just sent Oscar voters screeners of “Sing,” their upbeat animated film. True to its title, this charmer is about a singing competition in a world inhabited by animals. In a year when the brightly colored musical “La La Land” is the frontrunner for Best Picture this film could ride a similar wave of good will.

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The story centers on a koala (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) whose final shot at restoring his theater is to hold the world’s largest voice competition, in which the likes of a pig (Reese Witherspoon), porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) and mouse (Seth MacFarlane) vie for glory. The film numbers among the five nominees for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes and picked up an additional bid for it’s original song, “Faith,” written by Ryan TedderStevie Wonder, and Francis Farewell Starlight.

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The most enthusiastic critics say that “Sing” is a “combination of pop music and cuddly animals will prove to be an addictive combination for children and adults,” that it’s “quite impossible to dislike it,” and that it might even be a “game-changer” for Illumination.

To date, 52 films have been delivered this season. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

Jan. 3: “Sing”

Dec. 30: “Rules Don’t Apply”

Dec. 26: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Dec. 23: “Patriots Day”

Dec. 22: “Hidden Figures”

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”

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”

Oct. 18: “Long Way North”

Oct. 12: “Hello, My Name is Doris”

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

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

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