First up is the Maddie Award for Best Actress. And the Maddie goes to...
Kate Beckinsale - Contraband
2012 Maddie Awards - Best Actress
The always gorgeous Kate did a wonderful job in the new movie Contraband, where she plays Mark Wahlberg's wife who just so happens to also be named Kate! She gives us a tremendous, passionate performance, where she proves herself to be a strong role model for her children, and a supporting wife who just wants her husband to come home and stay out of trouble.
And moving onto the next award, the 2012 Maddie for Best Actor goes to...
Mark Wahlberg - Contraband
2012 Maddie Awards - Best Actor
Marky Mark delivers the goods yet again in the new movie Contraband. Here, he's a man who's cleaned up his life, but now he's gotta clean up after his idiot brother-in-law, regretfully returning to the life of crime. If you've seen one of his roles, you've seen 'em all, and he's just as good here as he ever is! He acts with an aura of confidence that just commands your attention in this intense performance.
And now, it's time for the big one, the 2012 Maddie Award for Best Picture! And the Maddie goes to...
2012 Maddie Awards - Best Picture
I bet you didn't see that coming! But without a shadow of a doubt, no other new movie this year deserves this award moreso than the new movie Contraband. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, this is the story of a man dragged back into the life of crime in order to protect his family. This movie takes a fairly mundane story that we've all seen before and manages to make it interesting again.
It's a tense movie that's actually a whole lot better than it looks. It's an engaging experience from the get-go, and director Baltasar Kormákur keeps things moving at a nice, steady pace all the way to the end. There's always something exciting going on, and the movie knows just when to throw some good twists and turns at us. We, as an audience, constantly find ourselves on the edge of our seat wondering how these characters are gonna get out of the next mess that they find themselves in.
And the performances are good all around... well, okay, Giovanni Ribisi is pretty awful, but even his bad acting can't bring this ship down. I mean, it's Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale for crying out loud! And besides, as if that wasn't enough, J. Jonah Jameson appears in the movie as the ship's Captain, which more than makes up for Ribisi's questionable casting!
So yeah, I had a good time with this one, and that's why I'm proud to award Contraband the 2012 Maddie for Best Picture!
So that's it, ladies and gentlemen. I hope you enjoyed yourselves, and just drop me a message in the comments section if you'd like to know the winners for all of the categories that we didn't have time to cover in this post! Thank you so much for joining us, and goodnight everybody!