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23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards Celebrates Inspiring Entertainment:
Stevie Wonder Performs at Feb. 6 Event, ‘God’s Not Dead’ Wins Top Award
Forget about the Oscar ceremony last night!
More than 490 celebrities, filmmakers, Hollywood executives, TV artists, and supporters celebrated truly great movies and television programs with real faith and values Feb. 6 at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry held in Los Angeles.
“It was our biggest event yet,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher and founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, now celebrating its 30th year of “redeeming the values of the mass media of entertainment.”
A one-hour version of the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Awards aired Saturday on the REELZChannel, which will repeat the show tonight, Feb. 23, at 12 midnight Eastern Time and 9 p.m. Pacific.
At the Awards, music legend Stevie Wonder joined fellow Grammy winners and nominees Take 6, Donnie McClurkin, Ledisi, and Jonathan Butler to pay tribute to the late Andraé Crouch, the Grammy-winning artist who transformed contemporary Gospel music.
Popular rapper Lecrae also performed.
Among the other celebrities attending the Awards were host Bill Engvall, Korie and Sadie Robertson of TV’s “Duck Dynasty,” Corbin Bernsen of “Psych,” Billy Boyd of “Lord of the Rings,” Cory Oliver, Shane Harper and David AR White of “God’s Not Dead,” Taylor Spreitler of TV’s “Melissa & Joey,” Brian Tee of “Jurassic World,” “The Wolverine,” “Grimm, and “The Gabby Douglas Story,” Jacob Lattimore of “Black Nativity” and “The Maze Runner,” Madison Pettis of “The Game Plan” and “Lab Rats,” Adina Porter of “The 100,” Connor Corum of “Heaven Is for Real,” Candice Cameron Bure of “Full House” and “Mom’s Blind Date,” and legendary entertainer Pat Boone.
Honoring the Good, the True and the Beautiful
Pure Flix’s “God’s Not Dead” and UP TV’s “Love Finds You in Sugarcreek” won the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Epiphany Prizes honor the best, most inspiring movie and TV program of the previous year that “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”
“Heaven Is for Real” was named the Best Movie for Families and “Unbroken” was named the Best Movie for Mature Audiences.
Also, Lifetime and A&E’s “The Gabby Douglas Story” received two awards, one for the Faith & Freedom Award for Promoting Positive American Values in Television and a Grace Award for star Imani Hakim for the “Most Inspiring Performance in Television.”
“The Giver” received the Faith & Freedom Award for Promoting Positive American Values in Movies, and Diogo Morgado, who played Jesus in “Son of God,” won the Grace Award for the Most Inspiring Performance in Movies.
Dave Alan Johnson, Gary R. Johnson and Joan Considine Johnson won the 2nd Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers for their script THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM about an 11-year-old girl and her father who go up against a politically correct school system to prove the science behind the Star of Bethlehem, and Jeff Peabody of Federal Way, Wash. took home the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Kairos Prizes competition for “spiritually uplifting screenplays by first-time or beginning screenwriters” with his script WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVED, which is about an investigation by author Charles Dickens into the incredible tales he has heard of George Muller, a dirt-poor preacher from Victorian England saving thousands of poor orphans from the streets.
Glenn Brown of Leeds, Ala. received the $15,000 Kairos 1st Runner Up for his script A SEED OF FAITH and Gina Burlato of Sarasota, Fla. took home the $10,000 2nd Runner Up for her script A HEART OF FLESH.
Both the Chronos and Kairos Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org).
At the Gala, Dr. Baehr presented highlights from Movieguide®’s 2015 Report to the Entertainment Industry, a comprehensive analysis of the major movies released by Hollywood and the entertainment industry in 2014 that showed family-friendly movies and movies with strong Christian, biblical, redemptive, and moral content and values made far more money at the box office here and overseas, and on home video, than movies with strong Non-Christian or anti-biblical, immoral content and values.
For example, movies with very strong Christian, redemptive, biblical, or moral worldviews averaged $75.39 million per movie at the domestic box office in 2014 versus only $20.13 million for movies with very strong Non-Christian or anti-biblical, immoral or deceitful worldviews.
Movies with very strong humanist/atheist movies fared even worse, averaging only $4.39 million per movie.
Also, movies having no foul language, no sexual content, no nudity, and no alcohol or tobacco/drug use or abuse whatsoever earned much more money than movies with such use or abuse.
Below is the list of winners:
TEN BEST MOVIES FOR FAMILIES
1 – HEAVEN IS FOR REAL – Winner of Best Movie for Families
2 – SON OF GOD
3 – GOD’S NOT DEAD
4 – BIG HERO 6
6 – DOLPHIN TALE 2
8 – BEARS
TEN BEST MOVIES FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
1 – UNBROKEN – Winner of Best Movie for Mature Audiences
2 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
3 – THE GIVER
4 – THE GOOD LIE
5 – TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014)
6 – THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
7 – THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1
8 – DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
9 – DIVERGENT
$100,000 EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR INSPIRING MOVIES
1 – GOD’S NOT DEAD
$100,000 EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR INSPIRING TELEVISION
1 – LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK
$50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters:
GRAND PRIZE (worth 25,000) went to Jeff Peabody of Federal Way, WA for WHEN MOUNTAINS MOVED
1ST RUNNER UP (worth $15,000) went to Glenn Brown of Leeds, AL for A SEED OF FAITH
2ND RUNNER OF (worth $10,000) went to Gina Brulato of Sarasota, FL for A HEART OF FLESH
$50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Artists:
Dave Alan Johnson, Gary R. Johnson and Joan Considine Johnson won the 2nd Annual Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Artists for their script THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM
FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD MOVIES
1 – THE GIVER
FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD TELEVISION
GRACE AWARD MOVIES
1 – Diogo Morgado, – SON OF GOD
GRACE AWARD TELEVISION
1 – Imani Hakim – THE GABBY DOUGLAS STORY
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