20th Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry
Sponsored by the Christian Film & Television Commission®
Hollywood, Calif. – The Christian movie COURAGEOUS was a big winner at the 20th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry Friday night in Hollywood, along with Oscar nominee HUGO and the superhero movie CAPTAIN AMERICA.
COURAGEOUS won the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011, and its star, director and co-writer Alex Kendrick, won the Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance.
HUGO was picked the Best Movie for Families and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER won the Faith & Freedom Award for Promoting American Values, but SOUL SURFER took home a Best in Show Award for family movies.
A full house of Hollywood producers, stars, and executives also heard Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, present highlights of Movieguide®’s 2012 Report to the Entertainment Industry. The Annual Report used box office figures to prove once again that moviegoers prefer movies with faith and values that celebrate and illustrate American, patriotic, Christian, and conservative principles in entertaining, inspiring ways.
The Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV
Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation: COURAGEOUS from Affirm Films/Provident/Sony Pictures Entertainment
JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER – MTV/Paramount
OF GODS AND MEN – Sony Pictures Classics
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES – Disney
SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA – Visio Entertainment
SOUL SURFER – Sony
THE TREE OF LIFE – Fox Searchlight
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 senior distribution executive exclusively responsible for distributing the feature film, and the senior motion picture studio executive responsible for production.
Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2011, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation: KJB: THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD from BBC Two
BUCK DENVER ASKS. . . WHY DO WE CALL IT CHRISTMAS – EMI
A CHRISTMAS WISH – The Hallmark Channel
THE LOST VALENTINE – Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
LOVE BEGINS – The Hallmark Channel
MITCH ALBOM’S HAVE A LITTLE FAITH – Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
The $100,000 TV prize is equally divided among the people in the following five categories – the director, the credited writer(s), the executive producer(s) responsible for the program, the senior television network executive responsible for broadcasting the program, and the senior production studio executive responsible for production.
The Epiphany Prizes are given to the best, most inspiring movie and television program that greatly increases man’s love or undertanding of God.”
The $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters, sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation:
1. HALO THEORY, by Amy Williams of Marina Del Rey, Calif., $25,000
2. A DOLPHIN IN OUR LAKE, by David (Nicholas) Hartmann of Mason, Ohio, $15,000
3. I, JOHN, by Sean Paul Murphy of Baltimore, Md., $10,000
The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Movies in 2011 – Alex Kendrick for COURAGEOUS.
Other movie acting nominees (Alpha Order): Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Justin Bieber (JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER), Jim Carrey (MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS), Jessica Chastain (THE TREE OF LIFE), Sam Claflin (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES), Viola Davis (THE HELP), Robert Duvall (SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA), Nathan Gamble (25 HILL), Anthony Hopkins (THE RITE), Dennis Quaid (SOUL SURFER), Martin Sheen (THE WAY), Annasophia Robb (SOUL SURFER), Kevin Sorbo (SOUL SURFER).
The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Television in 2011 – Kirstin Dorn for A CHRISTMAS WISH.
Other television acting nominees (alpha order): Sean Faris (THE LOST VALENTINE), Laurence Fishburne (MITCH ALBOM’S HAVE A LITTLE FAITH), Sam Heughan (A PRINCESS FOR CHRISTMAS), Katie McGrath (THE LOST VALENTINE and A PRINCESS FOR CHRISTMAS), Julie Mond (LOVE BEGINS), John Rhys-Davies (KJB: THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD), Gary Sinise (“Indelible,” CSI: NY), Kristy Swanson (A CHRISTMAS WISH), Betty White (THE LOST VALENTINE).
Best Movie for Families – SOUL SURFER from Affirm Films, FimDistrict, TriStar Pictures, and Sony Pictures Entertainment
** The Ten Best 2011 Movies for Families **
- SOUL SURFER
- THE MUPPETS
- THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
- MARS NEEDS MOMS
- JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER
- PUSS IN BOOTS
- MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
- CARS 2
Best Movie for Mature Audiences – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON SRANGER TIDES from Walt Disney Pictures
** The Ten Best 2011 Movies for Mature Audiences **
- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
- EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
- CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
- MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL
- THE TREE OF LIFE
- THE ARTIST
- SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA
- SARAH’S KEY
- THE WAY
The Faith and Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values in 2011
Winner for Movies – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER from Paramount Pictures and Viacom
Other movie nominees (alpha order): 25 HILL from Team Cherokee Productions, CORIOLANUS from The Weinstein Co., EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE from Warner Bros. Pictures, and MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS from 20th Century Fox.
Winner for TV – THE LOST VALENTINE from Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Other TV nominees (alpha order): “Engaged” from NCIS of CBS, the “Indelible” episode from CSI: NY of CBS, KJB: THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD from BBC Two, VIETNAM IN HD, PART 1 AND 2 from The History Channel, and WHO IS SIMON MILLER? from Procter & Gamble Productions and Walmart, which aired on NBC.