By Dan Wooding
HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS) – 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, set for Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, the Universal Hotel in Los Angeles.
According to a news release, Cinderella, The Good Dinosaur, The 33, And War Room are up for multiple awards at the Gala, with The 33 and War Room vying for the $200,000 Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring Movie of 2015.
The presentation of the $200,000 Epiphany Prizes for the Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2015 is the highlight of the Awards, which also will be telecast Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, and Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, on the REELZChannel.
The Epiphany Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org). They are given every year to the best, most inspiring movie and television program that resulted in a “great increase in man’s love or understanding of God.”
Another 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 (www.bradleyfdn.org).
Movieguide® will also present awards to the Best Movie for Families, the Best Movie for Mature Audiences, and 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.
Hosting the awards this year is actor Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and co-hosted by actress Sadie Robertson (Duck Dynasty, God’s Not Dead 2.)
The nominees for 24th Annual Faith & Values Awards include (in alphabetical order):
$100,000 Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring Movie of 2015:
The 33, Brooklyn, Captive, Do You Believe?, Manny, War Room And Woodlawn.
$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, Saints & Strangers
Bradley Foundation Faith & Freedom Award for Movies
Cinderella, The Good Dinosaur, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Joy, Max, Mcfarland, Usa And Woman In Gold.
Best Movie for Families
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.
Best Movie for Mature Audiences
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.
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 And Woodlawn – Sean Astin And Jon Voight.
Most Inspiring Performance for Television
A.D.: The Bible Continues – Emmett J Scanlan, Joe Dixon, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Chicago Fire: Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional – Gordon Clapp, Saints & Strangers – Vincent Kartheiser, Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors – Alyvia Alyn Lind, Gerald Mcraney, Jennifer Nettles.
Known as the “Crystal Teddy Awards,” the Faith & Values Awards Gala also features awards for family movies, movies for mature viewers, inspiring performances, and movies and television programs promoting traditional social values such as liberty, religious freedom, patriotism, representative government, the right to life, and free market principles.
Author of “The Culture-Wise Family” and “How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul),” Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) and its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org). CFTVC and Movieguide® are an international, non-profit ministry 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 showing what kinds of movies and what kinds of movie content moviegoers favor the most with their hard-earned money.
Look out, Mr. Oscar. Here come the Teddy Bear Awards!
The 24th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, affectionately known as the Teddy Bear Awards, has announced that an hour-long version of the awards will be telecast on the REELZChannel Feb. 22 and 24, 2016.
The telecast is scheduled for 4 pm Pacific Time and 7 pm Eastern on Monday, February 22, and 9 pm Pacific Time and 12 Midnight Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, before the Oscar ceremony the following Sunday.
Viewers tuning in either evening can learn what movie will win the Crystal Teddy Bear Award for the Best Family Movie of the Year. Will it be “The Peanuts Movie”? Or will it be Pixar’s “Inside Out”? Or, DreamWorks “Home,” Or, “Cinderella” about courage and kindness, Or, maybe “Paddington,” about the lovable bear from the Amazon Forest?
Tune in Feb. 22 or 24, 2016, to find out.
For more information about Movieguide® or CFTVC, visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-888-248-6689.