Movieguide’s 25th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, sometimes called “the Christian Oscars,” were held on February 10th at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Movieguide® is the go-to source for movie reviews for families. The Silver Anniversary of the Movieguide Awards gave viewers an opportunity to see the brightest movies from a faith audience perspective.
Actor Terry Crews brought his energizing comedic strength to the 25th Annual Movieguide Awards, the largest faith and values awards show in the country. Music by Olivia Newton John and Anthony Hamilton with Pastor Shirley Caesar was energizing and inspiring. The entertaining, uplifting gala (singularly devoid of political rants and other offensive elements) was a taste of heaven.
On the Red Carpet at the Movieguide Awards
Kevin Sorbo gave an update on his upcoming movie Let There Be Light, which Sam Sorbo has written and Sean Hannity is producing. It is about an atheist who has a near-death experience and becomes a Christian, and is due in theaters on Christmas Eve. Kevin also shared about his participation in a new audio Bible, Breathe Bible.
David R White and Andrea Logan White gave an update on Pure Flix and their new movie Case for Christ. This film is based on the true story of an award-winning investigative journalist, an atheist, who applies his journalistic skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife. Brian Bird has written the screenplay based on Lee Strobel’s book. It features Faye Dunaway and is due in theaters April 7, 217.
Cyrus Nowrasteh and Betsi Nowrasteh, producer/director and writer for The Young Messiah, gave an update on their new project, The Last Campaign. This new movie is about the personal redemption story of Robert Kennedy in 1968.
Amy Reid, writer for the TV movie, Pocahontas: Dove of Peace, shared her process in getting the untold true story of Pocahontas from the American Indian Christian perspective. Anthony Hamilton, who later energetically performed on stage with Pastor Shirley Caesar, talked about the need for positive, uplifting movies.
Kate Linder, veteran TV personality known for Faith Hollywood TV, told what a pleasure it was this year to be an award presenter at the Movieguide Awards Gala. She talked about the need for positivity and family values in TV and movies and how they can entertain and educate at the same time.
Evan Sayet, known for the Politically Incorrect TV series, talked of his current papers and speeches on how modern liberal thinking leads to wrong and evil. Khaneshia ‘KJ’ Smith, veteran TV actor known for Queen Sugar, talked about the need for more redemptive stories.
De Von Franklin of Miracles From Heaven is now producing an animated adventure, fantasy movie called The Star. This movie is about a brave donkey and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas is due in theaters November 10.
Here are the winning films and shows from this year’s Movieguide Awards:
- Best Movie for Families: Miracles from Heaven
- Best Movie for Mature Audiences: God’s Not Dead 2
- Epiphany Award for Most Inspiring Movie: The Young Messiah
- Epiphany Award for Most Inspiring TV program: Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Color (Circle of Love)
- Bradley Foundation Faith and Freedom Award: Hacksaw Ridge
- Bradley Foundation Faith and Freedom Award for TV: Operation Christmas
- Best Movie Actress: Melissa Joan Hart, for God’s Not Dead 2
- Best Movie Actor: Adam Greaves-Neal, for The Young Messiah
- Best TV Actress: Faith Ford, for The Bridge (part 20)
- Best TV Actor: Devielle Johnson, for A Time to Dance
- Lifetime Achievement Award for Communicating and Living the Good News: Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, the 700 Club, and Operation Blessing.
Supported by Pure Flix Streaming and established by Movieguide in 2005, the Kairos Prize for new screenwriters is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, the prize was founded to inspire beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts.
At this year’s Movieguide Awards, the Kairos Pro Award went to Trisha Mammen for The Prayer Box. The Kairos Prize for new screenwriters went to Ron Peer for Donuts With Jerry.
Viewers want Uplifting Movies
The 2017 Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry by Movieguide shows that family-friendly movies averaged more than $78.77 million per movie in 2016 in America and Canada. In contrast, the least family-friendly movies with the most offensive, obscene, or anti-family, immoral content averaged only about $22.58 million. Movieguide has been analyzing the content of movies and comparing box office numbers since 1991.
“Most people want to see Good conquer evil, Truth triumph over falsehood, Justice prevail over injustice, Liberty conquer tyranny, and Beauty overcome ugliness,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide. “They also would like to take their whole family, including their grandparents, to the movies more often.”
“The evidence is abundantly clear. Moviegoers greatly prefer family-friendly movies.”
Dr. Diane Howard is a frontline journalist known for exclusive interviews with leading figures in artistic, redemptive media. She has been involved in decades of qualitative and quantitative research on the verifiable power of role models. She also serves as talent and as a dialogue, dialect, voice-over coach. A former Professor of Performance, Media, and Film Studies with a Ph.D. in Performance Studies (College of Communication, University of Texas, Austin), she has been involved in multiple aspects of artistic, redemptive communication media, regionally to internationally. She can be found online at dianehoward.com.
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