Early Contenders Lining Up for Movieguide®’s 23rd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala

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Early Contenders Lining Up for Movieguide®’s

23rd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala

Hollywood, Calif. – Early contenders are lining up to be nominated for the 23rd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, sponsored by Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and the Christian Film & Television Commission®.

The event will be held Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at the Universal Hilton Hotel near the heart of Hollywood.

Among the top contenders so far are HEAVEN IS FOR REAL starring Greg Kinnear and Thomas Haden Church, GOD’S NOT DEAD starring Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s SON OF GOD, CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE WINTER SOLDIER starring Chris Evans, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett, THE GOOD LIE starring Reese Witherspoon, and BIG HERO 6.

“Faith-based movies are having one of their best years ever,” Movieguide® Founder and Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr noted. “And, movies about heroic superheroes and movies for families remain the most popular movies both here and overseas.”

The evening’s highlight will be the presentation of the two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, which honors the best movie and best television program in 2014 that “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”

Another highlight will be the presentation of the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time or Beginning Screenwriters, which honor the three best scripts from beginning screenwriters that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”

Both the Epiphany and the Kairos Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.epiphanyprizes.com and www.kairosprize.com).

Last year, with additional support from the Templeton Foundation, the Awards Gala added another screenwriting competition, the $50,000 Chronos Prizes for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers. Visit www.chronosprize.com for criteria and submission forms.

Another big award that evening will be the Grace Awards for Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV given the best performances by an actor or actress that best exemplifies “God’s grace toward us as human beings.”

Also, Crystal Teddy Bears will be given to the best family movies and the best movies for mature audiences of the year, where one winner also will be declared to take the top position in each field. Finally, special awards will be given to the winners of the two Faith & Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values in Movies & TV.

Last February’s Faith & Values winners included such movies and TV programs as IRON MAN 3, THE BIBLE, FROZEN, GRACE UNPLUGGED, DUCK DYNASTY, and SHARK TANK.

Actors who won the Grace Awards this year included Roma Downey for THE BIBLE, AJ Michalka and James Denton of GRACE UNPLUGGED, and DUCK DYNASTY’s Willie Robertson for his performance on an episode of Tim Allen’s comedy series, LAST MAN STANDING.

Previous winners at the Gala have been LES MISÉRABLES, UP, FINDING NEMO, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS:  THE RETURN OF THE KING, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA:  THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, FIREPROOF, AMAZING GRACE, AMISTAD, THE PREACHER’S WIFE, AMISH GRACE, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, 7TH HEAVEN, JAG, DOC, Robert Duvall, Stephen Collins, Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Caviezel, Chuck Norris, and Shirley Jones.

At the Gala, Dr. Baehr will present highlights from Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, which each year examines how well family movies and movies with faith-based, moral and spiritually uplifting content did at the box office and on home video compared to other kinds of movies.

 

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