Saturday, February 11, 2012
‘King James’ and a group of ‘Courageous’ cops honored at the 20th Annual Movieguide® Faith and Values Gala in Hollywood
The Most Family-Friendly Movies Earn More Money, Annual Movieguide® Report Shows
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS) -- “King James” and a bunch of “Courageous” Cops, were among the winners at the 20th Annual Movieguide® Faith and Values Gala in Hollywood, California, on Friday, February 10, 2012.
In the movie, directed by veteran British filmmaker, Norman Stone, acclaimed actor John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones) leads the viewer back into a darker time to discover this fascinating tale of saints and sinners, power and passion. The greatest translation of the Bible -- The King James Bible -- emerged into a world and culture that would never be quite the same again.
Stone, who is not as well known in the U.S. as he is in the UK, was like myself, a founder member of the Arts Centre Group in London, and has directed and produced TV and film since 1975.
Employed as the BBC’s youngest producer/director. He established his career in 1984 when he invented, developed and directed SHADOWLANDS (about the relationship of C.S. Lewis with divorced American poet Joy Gresham and her young son Douglas) for BBC1. This gained him two Bafta awards, an International Emmy, and the Prague D’Or for Best Director.
Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011, ALSO supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, was COURAGEOUS from Affirm Films/Provident/Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Many celebrities gathered at the Universal City Hilton, close to the heart of Hollywood, for a very special evening and also enjoyed entertainment provided by Pat Boone, B.J. Thomas, Juliana Zobrist, Natalie Grant, was well as from Ace Young and Diana Degarmo, both American Idol finalists.
A highlight of the evening was when media expert, Dr. Ted Baehr, told the audience in his Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry that an analysis that his advocacy group Movieguide® has done, showed that the most family-friendly movies averaged more than $40.7 million per movie in 2011 in America and Canada, but that the least family-friendly movies with the most offensive, obscene, or anti-family and immoral content averaged only about $19.8 million.
The study extensively studied the content of the top movies released by the major studios in Hollywood earning $750,000 or more, including the major independent studios.
“The evidence is abundantly clear,” said Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®. “Moviegoers greatly prefer family-friendly movies.”
He noted that the Annual Report, now in its 20th year, doesn’t just examine family movies and cartoons for children, but family-friendly movies with the cleanest, most inspiring, and least offensive content.
The study also found that movies with no sex, no nudity, and no foul language averaged the most money in 2011. In fact, the more sex, nudity, or foul language in a movie, the less money it tended to make, he added.
Now for those of you who would like to see the full Winners List, sponsored by the Christian Film & Television Commission®, here it is:
Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation: COURAGEOUS from Affirm Films/Provident/Sony Pictures Entertainment
JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER – MTV/Paramount
The $100,000 movie prize is equally divided among the people in the following five categories – the director, the credited writer(s), the producer(s), the senior distribution executive exclusively responsible for distributing the feature film, and the senior motion picture studio executive responsible for production.
Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2011, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation: KJB: THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD from BBC Two
BUCK DENVER ASKS… WHY DO WE CALL IT CHRISTMAS – EMI
The $100,000 TV prize is equally divided among the people in the following five categories – the director, the credited writer(s), the executive producer(s) responsible for the program, the senior television network executive responsible for broadcasting the program, and the senior production studio executive responsible for production.
The Epiphany Prizes are given to the best, most inspiring movie and television program that greatly increases man’s love or undertanding of God.”
The $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters, sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation
1. HALO THEORY, by Amy Williams of Marina Del Rey, Calif., $25,000
The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Movies in 2011 – Alex Kendrick for COURAGEOUS.
Other movie acting nominees (Alpha Order): Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Justin Bieber (JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER), Jim Carrey (MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS), Jessica Chastain (THE TREE OF LIFE), Sam Claflin (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES), Viola Davis (THE HELP), Robert Duvall (SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA), Nathan Gamble (25 HILL), Anthony Hopkins (THE RITE), Dennis Quaid (SOUL SURFER), Martin Sheen (THE WAY), Annasophia Robb (SOUL SURFER), Kevin Sorbo (SOUL SURFER).
The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Television in 2011 – Kirstin Dorn for A CHRISTMAS WISH
Other television acting nominees (alpha order): Sean Faris (THE LOST VALENTINE), Laurence Fishburne (MITCH ALBOM’S HAVE A LITTLE FAITH), Sam Heughan (A PRINCESS FOR CHRISTMAS), Katie McGrath (THE LOST VALENTINE and A PRINCESS FOR CHRISTMAS), Julie Mond (LOVE BEGINS), John Rhys-Davies (KJB: THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD), Gary Sinise (“Indelible,” CSI: NY), Kristy Swanson (A CHRISTMAS WISH), Betty White (THE LOST VALENTINE).
** The Ten Best 2011 Movies for Families **
Best Movie for Mature Audiences – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON SRANGER TIDES from Walt Disney Pictures
The Faith and Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values in 2011
Winner for Movies – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER from Paramount Pictures and Viacom
Winner for TV – THE LOST VALENTINE from Hallmark Hall of Fame Production
Other TV nominees (alpha order): “Engaged” from NCIS of CBS, the “Indelible” episode from CSI: NY of CBS, KJB: THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD from BBC Two, VIETNAM IN HD, PART 1 AND 2 from The History Channel, and WHO IS SIMON MILLER? from Procter & Gamble Productions and Walmart, which aired on NBC.
Note: This was a family affair for my family as my son, Peter Wooding, videoed all of my Red Carpet interviews which will soon be posted on the ASSIST News Service section of www.youtube.com, and he and my wife Norma took the photos.
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