The Oscar buzz has been surrounding Mary Elizabeth Winstead for her performance in Smashed all year, since the film debuted at Sundance back in January, where it jointly won the Special Jury Prize.

I absolutely loved the film when it continued its festival circuit at TIFF, and with the film currently in limited release in the US, Sony have finally announced that they’ll be releasing the film here in the UK on 14th December.

Winstead stars opposite Aaron Paul, with the leading duo playing a functioning alcoholic couple, and when the former realises what a mess her life has become, her path to sobriety is not an easy one.

“Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter . . . and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, something’s got to give. But change isn’t exactly a cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she’s been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie.”

Starring alongside the terrific leading duo are Octavia Spencer (The Help), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), and Mary Kay Place (Big Love).

James Ponsoldt (Off the Black) is behind the camera, directing from a script he co-wrote with newcomer Susan Burke, with Jonathan Schwartz (Wristcutters: A Love Story, Like Crazy), Andrea Sperling (Like Crazy, Nobody Walks), and Jennifer Cochis (Douchebag) producing.

Smashed is currently on limited release in the US, and will continue to open wider in the weeks to come. Here in the UK, the film will be arriving on 14th December, and I can’t wait for it to reach our shores. American readers, be sure to click here to find when your nearest theatre will be screening the film, because this is a must-see film of the year.