by Angela Walker
Dr. Ted Baehr hosted the 18th annual Movieguide Awards Gala at a recent gathering in Hollywood. The event is dedicated to honoring the studio executives, producers, directors, actors and writers of Movieguide®'s "Best of the Year" movies. In addition to the Crystal Teddy statues presented to winners in each category, the John Templeton Foundation awards the Epiphany cash prizes and the Kairos cash prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.
As one attendee remarked last night, "The Movieguide® Awards recognize the positive features of films and let us know what should be included in films, not what to take out." Presenters and award winners represented all age groups, from 9 year old Benjamin Stockham to veteran performer Orson Bean. Familiar faces among the presenters included Stephen Baldwin (Six, Midnight Clear), Danielle Bisutti (No Greater Love), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), and Candace Cameron Bure (The Wager, Moonlight & Mistletoe).
Performances from Christian artist Michelle Tumes (whose music is featured on No Greater Love) and Disney newcomeer Mdot Finley (Camp Rock 2) rounded out the evening.
The following awards were presented:
$100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2009
The Blind Side, from Warner Bros. Pictures
$100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2009
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, telecast by TNT and the Turner Entertainment Group
Faith & Freedom Film Award
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Faith & Freedom TV Award
Bedford: The Town They Left Behind
Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Movies
Albert Hall for Not Easily Broken
Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Television
Kimberly Elise for Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Top 10 Movies for Families
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Monsters vs. Aliens
Hannah Montana The Movie
Disney's A Christmas Carol
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Top 10 Movies for Mature Audiences
The Blind Side
The Young Victoria
Confessions of a Shopaholic
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Julie & Julia
Special Crystal Teddy Awards were presented to the Tyler Perry Studios for their faithful production of exceptionally produced and strikingly redemptive movies and TV shows and Hallmark Hall of Fame, for bringing outstanding movies to television that excel in quality.
Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting screenplays by beginning screenwriters
1st - The Good Doctor, by Dwight Carlson and Gregory Carlson
2nd - The Shoebox, by Sherry Cook
3rd - Lion of the North by Johnny Davis tied with The Translator by Alan Sproles and Lizanne Southgate