Movieguide® Awards Reach $200K Epiphany!

 

Twelve Nominees, including ‘Blind Side,’ ‘Christmas Carol,’ and Two Tyler Perry Works, Vie for Most Inspiring Movie or TV Program in 2009

The 18th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry began its march toward the $200,000 Epiphany Prizes today with the announcement of 12 nominees for the “Most Inspiring” Movie & TV Program of 2009.

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The seven movie nominees (in alphabetical order for each title) are “The Blind Side,” “The Cross,” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Knowing,” “Not Easily Broken,” “The Soloist,” and “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” The five television nominees (in alphabetical order) are “Christmas in Canaan,” “The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler,” the pilot episode of “Everyday Life,” “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” and the “Oh Christmas Payne” episode of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”

The two winners, which will each receive $100,000 in cash prizes, will be announced Tuesday (Feb. 23) at the Awards Gala, to be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills, Calif.

“Presenting the Epiphany Prizes are the highlight of our entire year,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, who founded Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry 25 years ago in 1985 to encourage entertainment industry leaders to adopt higher standards and make more family-friendly, spiritually uplifting movies and television programs, and to inform the public about the impact of the mass media on society, especially children and teenagers.

“Someone is watching what the mass media produces,” Dr. Baehr said, “and, more often than not, it’s a vulnerable little child or a curious, developing, vulnerable teenager.”

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies and TV are given to the best, most spiritually uplifting movies and television program that result in “a great increase in either people’s love of God or people’s understanding of God.”

Past movie winners have included “The Nativity Story,” “Amistad,” “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “Fireproof,” and “The Passion of the Christ.” Past television winners have included “7th Heaven,” “The Valley of Light,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Christy,” “JAG,” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

 

** 2009 Movie Nominees **

In Alphabetical Order

Best Christianity in Action

THE BLIND SIDE

What It Really Means To Be a Christian

Best Walking with Jesus Christ

THE CROSS

Bringing the Good News to Every Person

Best You Must Be Born Again Christmas Tale

DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Life-Changing Christmas Journey

Best Divine Providence

KNOWING

Predestined for Salvation

Best God Ordains Marriage

NOT EASILY BROKEN

Marriage Must Involve Jesus Christ

Best True Friend & God’s Grace

THE SOLOIST

Only God Saves

Best Let Go & Let God

TYLER PERRY’S I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF

Salvation Comes from God’s Love

 

** 2009 Television Nominees **

In Alphabetical Order

Best Christian Love in Action

CHRISTMAS IN CANAAN

Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

Best Christian Ministry

THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER

Saving the Innocents from Pagan Racism

Best Divine Providence

EVERYDAY LIFE

Learning To Listen to God

Best Transformed by God’s Grace

GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY

Becoming a Conduit for God’s Healing

Best Christmas Good News

TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE: Oh Christmas Payne

The Great News of the Birth of Jesus Christ

 

For more information about the Awards Gala, please visit www.movieguideawards.com.

The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org) serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. It supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. It also seeks to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children.