By Dan Wooding
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA (ANS) – “Unbroken,” the powerful American biographical war drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” took first prize in the Best Mature Audience Films category at the “Christian Oscars” on Friday, February 6, 2015.
The film revolves around the life of athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O’Connell. Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in World War II, then was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.
Zamperini, who became a born-again Christian in 1949, during Billy Graham’s historic Los Angeles Crusade, never stopped sharing his faith around the world. He died at the age of 97, on July 2, 2014, in Los Angeles, so he wasn’t able to see the opening of the film.
The prestigious award was presented at the glittering 23rd Movieguide® Faith and a Values Awards held at the Universal Hilton Hotel.
Here is the full winners list:
1 – HEAVEN IS FOR REAL 2 – SON OF GOD 3 – GOD’S NOT DEAD 4 – BIG HERO 6 5 – MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN 6 – DOLPHIN TALE 2 7 – PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR 8 – BEARS 9 – MUPPETS MOST WANTED 10 – PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE
BEST MATURE AUDIENCE FILMS
1 – UNBROKEN 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 10 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
$100,000 EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR MOVIES
1 – GOD’S NOT DEAD
$100,000 EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR TELEVISION
1 – LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK
FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD MOVIES
1 – THE GIVER
FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD TELEVISION
1 – THE GABBY DOUGLAS STORY
GRACE AWARD MOVIES
1 – Diogo Morgado, – SON OF GOD
GRACE AWARD TELEVISION
1 – Imani Hakim – THE GABBY DOUGLAS STORY
The winners of the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays:
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 UP (worth $10,000) went to Gina Brulato of Sarasota, FL for A HEART OF FLESH.
The winners of the Chronos Prize:
Dave Alan Johnson, Gary R. Johnson & Joan Considine Johnson won the 2nd Annual Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Artists (with a $50,000 cash prize) for their script THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM
Tribute to Andraé Crouch
A highlight of the evening was a live tribute to the legendary singer/songwriter, Andraé Crouch, who passed away on January 8, 2015, at the age of 72. Crouch was originally scheduled to perform during the awards gala, so instead, Donnie McClurkin, Cece and Marvin Winans, Take 6, and Tata Vaga, were scheduled to pay their personal tribute to Crouch, who was a seven-time Grammy Award-winner. His songs such as “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)” and “I’ll Be Thinking of You” have played in churches around the world and have been recorded by artists like Elvis and Paul Simon.
Dr. Ted Baehr’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry
For the 23rd year in a row, Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder and publisher of Movieguide®, presented highlights of his much-awaited Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry by Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment once again showed clearly that moviegoers prefer clean, heroic, family-friendly movies with Christian, biblical, redemptive, conservative, and patriotic faith and values.
“This was also true in 2014, despite a significant decrease in box office earnings for Hollywood in general,” said Dr. Baehr.
For example, he explained, 90% of the Top 10 Movies in the United States, overseas and home video sales in 2014 contained strong or very strong Christian, redemptive, biblical, and/or moral content, values or worldviews, including such movies as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Big Hero 6, Frozen, The Last Two Hobbit Movies, The Lego Movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thor: The Dark World, And Guardians Of The Galaxy.”
Each year, Movieguide® analyzes 275 or more major theatrical movies according to basic biblical principles, morality, and theology from a Christian perspective.
Dr. Baehr said that in 2014, movies with very strong Christian, redemptive worldviews following biblical principles and values averaged $66.79 million at the domestic box office in 2014, but movies with very strong Non-Christian worldviews averaged only $20.13 million.
In fact, movies with humanist/atheist worldviews did the worst, averaging only $1.98 million! Also, movies with absolutely no foul language, sex, explicit nudity, or substance abuse earned the most money. Something, he believes, Hollywood should take note of.
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