We're breaking down all the Oscar contenders for you, so that you can decide whether you want to see them -- or at the very least, be able to hold your own at cocktail parties. Next up: 'Another Year,' the latest dramedy from writer-director Mike Leigh.

Nominated For: Best Original Screenplay (Mike Leigh)
What It's About: The movie follows a year in the life of a happily married couple, ironically named Tom (Jim Broadbent) and Gerri (Ruth Sheen), and their interactions with friends and family, including their grown son, Joe (Oliver Maltman), and Gerri's boozing co-worker, Mary (Lesley Manville).

Why You Should See It: 'Another Year' is another good example of Leigh's ('Secrets and Lies,' 'Vera Drake') ability to create extraordinary comedy and drama out of an otherwise simple plot. But the star of the film is Lesley Manville, whose performance as Mary is funny, tragic and ultimately heartbreaking. Although we loved this year's stellar Best Actress lineup, we wish voters had found room for what may have been the year's most overlooked performance.

It's Kind of Like: 'All or Nothing' meets 'Your Friends & Neighbors'

How You Can See It: In theaters now

Watch the Trailer for 'Another Year'

Another Year
PG-13 2010
Based on 35 critics

An aging and lonely receptionist tries unsuccessfully to capture the fancy of her employer's son. Read More

categories Features, Oscars, Awards