The Winners Are In!

 

Photo Above:  The cast and crew of THE BLIND SIDE join Dr. Ted Baehr, MOVIEGUIDE publisher, and Dr. John Templeton, president of the John Templeton Foundation, onstage at the close of the 18th Annual Faith & Values Gala for the presentation of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2009.

The $200,000 Epiphany Prizes

Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2009, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation – THE BLIND SIDE from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Other movie nominees:  THE CROSS from Gener8tion X, DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL from Walt Disney Pictures, KNOWING from Summit Entertainment, NOT EASILY BROKEN from Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Entertainment, THE SOLOIST from Paramount Pictures, TYLER PERRY’S I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF from Lionsgate Films.

The $100,000 movie prize is equally divided among the people in the following five categories – the director, the credited writer(s), the producer(s), the executive producer(s), and the senior motion picture studio executive responsible for production.

Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2009 sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation – GIFTED HANDS:  THE BEN CARSON STORY, telecast by TNT and the Turner Entertainment Group.

Other TV nominees:  “Oh Christmas Payne” episode of TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE from TBS, CHRISTMAS IN CANAAN from the Hallmark Channel, THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER from Hallmark Hall of Fame, and the pilot episode of EVERYDAY LIFE from American Life Network.

The $100,000 TV prize is equally divided among the people in the following five categories – the director, the credited writer, the executive producer(s) or producer(s) responsible for the program, the senior television network executive responsible for broadcasting the program, and the production studio executive responsible for production.

The $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning Screenwriters, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation:

1. “The Good Doctor,” written by Dwight Carlson and Gregory Carlson,  $25,000

2. “The Shoebox,” by Sherry Cook, $15,000

3. A TIE:  “Lion of the North,” by Johnny Davis and “The Translator” written by Alan Sproles and co-written by Lizanne Southgate, $10,000

The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Movies in 2009 – Albert Hall for NOT EASILY BROKEN

Other acting nominees (alpha order):  Sandra Bullock & Ray McKinnon for THE BLIND SIDE, Nicholas Cage for KNOWING, Jim Carrey for A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and Tyler Perry for TYLER PERRY’S I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF.

The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Television in 2009 – Kimberly Elise from GIFTED HANDS:  THE BEN CARSON STORY

Nominees (alpha order):  Robert Schuller, Jr. in EVERYDAY LIFE, Anna Paquin in THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER from Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Billy Ray Cyrus in CHRISTMAS IN CANAAN from the Hallmark Channel.

Best Movie for Families – UP from Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures

** The Ten Best 2009 Movies for Families **

  1. 1. UP
  2. 2. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
  3. 3. MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
  4. 4. G-FORCE
  5. 5. HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE
  6. 6. EARTH
  7. 7. DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  8. 8. ICE AGE:  DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS
  9. 9. ASTRO BOY
  10. 10. 9

Best Movie for Mature Audiences – THE BLIND SIDE from Warner Bros. Pictures

** The Ten Best 2009 Movies for Mature Audiences **

  1. 1. THE BLIND SIDE
  2. 2. THE YOUNG VICTORIA
  3. 3. CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
  4. 4. STAR TREK
  5. 5. INVICTUS
  6. 6. TERMINATOR SALVATION
  7. 7. KNOWING
  8. 8. THE STONING OF SAROYA M.
  9. 9. JULIE & JULIA
  10. 10. TAKEN

The Faith and Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values in 2009

Winner for Movies – (Tie) THE STONING OF SAROYA M. and INVICTUS

Other movie nominees:   THE BLIND SIDE from Warner Bros., CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS from Columbia/Sony Entertainment, G-FORCE from Walt Disney Pictures, UP from Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures.

Winner for TV – BEDFORD:  THE TOWN THEY LEFT BEHIND

Other TV nominees:  CHRISTMAS IN CANAAN from the Hallmark Channel, GIFTED HANDS:  THE BEN CARSON STORY from TNT, TAKING CHANCE from HBO Films, V:  THE PILOT EPISODE from ABC-TV, and WWII IN HD from The History Channel.

Special Crystal Teddy Awards

Tyler Perry Studios

For their faithful production of exceptionally produced and strikingly redemptive movies and TV shows.

Hallmark Hall of Fame

For bringing outstanding movies to television that excel in quality.

 

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