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: 'Blue Valentine,' about the beginning and inevitable end of a marriage between two young lovers (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams).

Nominated for: Best Actress (Williams)

What It's About: The movie follows Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams) as they fall in and out of love over the span of five years. Told out of chronological order, the audience sees everything from how they met to their marriage and subsequent divorce.

Why You Should See It: Because it features two of the best young actors in Hollywood at the top of their game. Gosling and Williams work brilliantly off each other, and paint a portrait of a married couple that is both sympathetic and realistic. Much as we love that Williams earned a nomination in the Best Actress category, that Gosling was snubbed in Best Actor is ridiculous, to put it lightly.

How You Can See It: In theaters now

Watch the trailer for 'Blue Valentine'


CATEGORIES Features, Oscars, Awards