On January 11, The Daily Mail reports, “Not staying in town! Ricky Gervais catches flight home as he’s slammed for ‘tasteless’ jokes… and Golden Globe ratings revealed to be down by one million from year before…” As award shows have become more and more commonly tasteless, vulgar, and crude, it is refreshing to reads news about and to anticipate the annual Hollywood, Movieguide® Awards, which are known for being classy, gracious, and tasteful as they award the best of artistry in redemptive and family movies.
On January 11, Movieguide®’s Dr. Ted Baehr, media critic and founder of Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and the Christian Film & Television Commission®, has announced the nominees for the 24th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry at the Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, set for Friday, Feb. 5.
The presentation of the $200,000 Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2015 is the highlight of the Awards. It will also will be telecast Monday, Feb. 22, and Wednesday, Feb. 24 on the REELZChannel. The Epiphany Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. They are awarded annually to the best, most inspiring movie and television program that resulted in a “great increase in man’s love or understanding of God.”
An additional highlight will be the presentation of the First Annual Bradley Foundation Faith & Freedom Movie Award for the best movie of 2015 promoting positive American values, supported by a grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Movieguide® will also present awards for the Best Movie for Families, the Best Movie for Mature Audiences, as well as the Grace Awards for the Most Inspiring Performances in Movies & TV, given to the best actors or actresses who best exemplified God’s grace to human beings.
The nominees for 24th Annual Faith & Values Awards include (in alphabetical order) for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring Movie of 2015: “The 33,” “Brooklyn,” “Captive,” “Do You Believe,” “Manny,” “War Room,” and “Woodlawn. ” The nominees for $100,000 Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2015: “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” “Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine,” “Blue Bloods: Hold Outs,” “Chicago Fire: Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional,” “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” and “Saints & Strangers.”
The nominees for the Bradley Foundation Faith & Freedom Award for Movies include: “Cinderella,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Joy,” “Max,” “McFarland, USA.” and “Woman in Gold.” The nominees for the Best Movie for Families include: “Cinderella,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “Home,” ” Inside Out,” “Max,” “Paddington,” The Peanuts Movie,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” and “War Room.”
The nominees for Best Movie for Mature Audiences include: “The 33,” “Ant-Man,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Furious 7,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Joy,” “Jurassic World,” “The Martian,” “McFarland, USA.” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” The nominees for Most Inspiring Performance for Movies: “The 33,” Antonio Banderas; “”Captive,” Kate Mara; “Do You Believe,” Ted McGinley; “The Letters,” Juliet Stevenson; “War Room,” Karen Abercrombie; “Woodlawn,” Sean Astin and Jon Voight.
The nominees for the Most Inspiring Performance for Television includes: “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” Emmett J Scanlan, Joe Dixon, and Juan Pablo Di Pace; “Chicago Fire: Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional,” Gordon Clapp; “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” Alyvia Alyn Lind, Gerald McRaney, and Jennifer Nettles; and “Saints & Strangers,” Vincent Kartheiser.
The Faith & Values Awards Gala also features awards, known as the “Crystal Teddy Awards,” for family movies, movies for mature viewers, inspiring performances, and movies and television programs promoting traditional social values such as the following: liberty, religious freedom, patriotism, representative government, the right to life, and free market principles.
Dr. Ted Baehr, author of “The Culture-Wise Family” and “How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul),” is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) and its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® . CFTVC and Movieguide® are international, non-profit ministries, which are dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”
At the Awards, Dr. Baehr will present highlights from Movieguide®’s 2015 Report to the Entertainment Industry, a comprehensive financial analysis of the movie business, which shows what kinds of movies and what kinds of movie content moviegoers favor the most with their hard-earned money.