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The Inspired Life in Hollywood

by Dan Wooding

All the Winners for the Movieguide®’s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala

By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service

main Pat Robertson on 700 ClubLOS ANGELES, CA (ANS — February 11, 2017) – Not even the rain was able to put a damper on the star-studded Movieguide®’s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala (www.movieguideawards.com), held on Friday, February 10th, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Also known as “The Christian Oscars,” the event that is always held close to the Academy Awards — this year the 89th on Sunday, February 26, 2017 — honors the best, most family-friendly movies and television programs honoring God and inspiring audiences with messages of faith, hope, goodness, justice, redemption, forgiveness, and true divine love.

As he does each year, Dr. Ted Baehr, renowned media expert and Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, and also publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Movieguide® , which reviews movies from a Christian perspective, presented his much-awaited highlights from Movieguide®’s Annual 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.

Pat Robertson honored

Veteran Christian broadcaster, Pat Robertson, 86, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for “Living and Communicating the Good News” to Pat Robertson for 57 years of “redemptive work in the mass media to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide and helping needy families and providing disaster relief through Operation Blessing.”

Host Terry Crews

Actor Terry Crews brought his formidable strength in comedy as he hosted the 25th Annual Movieguide® Awards, the largest faith and value’s awards show in the country. Movieguide® is the go-to source for movie reviews for families, and the Silver Anniversary of the Movieguide® Awards will give viewers an opportunity to see the brightest movies from a faith audience perspective.

Olivia Newton-John steps in

Olivia Newton John with John TravolaGREASE star, Olivia Newton-John was a surprise guest when she stepped in at the last moment to sing with a couple of friends to perfom at the even, when Billy Gilman was stranded on the east coast because of snow and therefore couldn’t make it.

Here is the list of winners in numerical order for Movieguide®’s 25th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala:

BEST MOVIES FOR FAMILIES:

1) – MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN

2) – THE YOUNG MESSIAH

3) – SING

4) – THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)

5) – FINDING DORY

6) – THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

7) – TROLLS

8) – QUEEN OF KATWE

9) – ZOOTOPIA

10) – PETE’S DRAGON (2016)

BEST MOVIES FOR MATURE AUDIENCES:

David A.R. White use use1) – GOD’S NOT DEAD 2

2) HACKSAW RIDGE

3) – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

4) – RISEN

5) – SILENCE

6) – BEN-HUR (2016)

7) – THE FINEST HOURS

8) – SULLY

9) – EDDIE THE EAGLE

10) – HAIL, CAESAR!

EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR MOST INSPIRING MOVIE OF 2016:

Winner: THE YOUNG MESSIAH

Other nominees: HACKSAW RIDGE, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, RISEN, SILENCE, BEN-HUR (2016), HAIL, CAESAR!

EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR MOST INSPIRING TV PROGRAM OF 2016

Dan Wooding with Dolly Parton at Movieguide awardsWinner: DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE

Other nominees: THE PASSION: NEW ORLEANS, THE BRIDGE PART 2, A TIME TO DANCE, OPERATION CHRISTMAS, POCAHONTAS: DOVE OF PEACE, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.LD.: SEASON 3: EPISODES: 20-22: Emancipation, Absolution, Ascension

FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD FOR PROMOTING POSITIVE AMERICAN VALUES IN MOVIES:

Winner: HACKSAW RIDGE

Other Nominees: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, SULLY, SING, QUEEN OF KATWE, HAIL, CAESAR!

FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD FOR PROMOTING POSITIVE AMERICAN VALUES IN TV:

Winner: OPERATION CHRISTMAS

Other Nominees: POCAHONTAS: DOVE OF PEACE, THE BRIDGE PART 2, DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE, THE PASSION: NEW ORLEANS, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.LD.: SEASON 3: EPISODES: 20-22: Emancipation, Absolution, Ascension

GRACE AWARDS FOR MOST INSPIRING ACTING IN MOVIES:

WINNING ACTOR: Adam Greaves-Neal – THE YOUNG MESSIAH

Other Nominees: Joseph Fiennes – RISEN, Robert Pike Daniel – HAIL, CAESAR!, David A.R. White – GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, Andrew Garfield – HACKSAW RIDGE, Cliff Curtis – RISEN, Rodrigo Santoro, – BEN-HUR (2016), Josh Brolin – HAIL, CAESAR!

WINNING ACTRESS: Melissa Joan Hart – GOD’S NOT DEAD 2

Other Nominees: Kylie Rogers – MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, Jennifer Garner – MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN

GRACE AWARD FOR MOST INSPIRING ACTING IN TELEVISION:

Dan with Devielle JohnsonWINNING ACTOR: Devielle Johnson – A TIME TO DANCE

OTHER NOMINEES: Ted McGinley – THE BRIDGE PART 2, Tyler Perry – THE PASSION: NEW ORLEANS, Gerald McRaney – DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE, Marc Blucas – OPERATION CHRISTMAS

WINNING ACTRESS: Faith Ford – THE BRIDGE PART 2

OTHER NOMINEES: Alyvia Alyn Lind – DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE, Dolly Parton – DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE, Natalia Cordova-Buckley – AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.LD.: SEASON 3: EPISODES: 20-22 – Emancipation, Absolution, Ascension

IMG 3723Now in their 32nd year, CFTVC and Movieguide® are the largest, longest-running 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.”

For more information about Movieguide® or CFTVC, visit www.movieguide.org or call (805) 383-2000.

Note: For more information, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of CFTVC and author of THE CULTURE-WISE FAMILY, HOW TO SUCCEED IN HOLLYWOOD (WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SOUL), THE MEDIA-WISE FAMILY, and many other books, please call” (805) 383-2000.

An entertaining, inspiring one-hour version of the Movieguide® TV Program of the gala will air Easter Sunday April 16 on the REELZChannel (check your local listings).

Note: I would like to thank Dr. Tom Snyder of Movieguide® for his invaluable help in preparing this report.

Photo captions: 1) Pat Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award. 2) Olivia Newton-John with John Travolta in GREASE. 3) David A.R. While from GOD’S NOT DEAD 2. 4) Dan Wooding with Dolly Parton from last year’s gala, with the little girl from the two Dolly Parton television movies, Alyvia Alyn Lind, who accepted the EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR MOST INSPIRING TV PROGRAM OF 2016. 5) Dan Wooding with Devielle Johnson, the winning actor for the GRACE AWARD FOR MOST INSPIRING ACTING IN TELEVISION. 6) Hercules star, Kevin Sorbo with his wife, Sam; on the red carpet. 6) Dan Wooding with Dr. Ted Baehr after interviewing him for his “Front Page Radio” show.

Dan Wooding and Ted Baehr at Movieguide 2017About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and president of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts a weekly radio show and two TV shows all based in Southern California. He is also the author of some 45 books and some years back, Dr. Ted Baehr presented Dan with his prestigious Crystal Teddy Bear Award for his long service to journalism.

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