Sunday, February 20, 2011
top films by Arts & Faith, this list is not so much about artistic merit as it is about advocating for a conservative Christian perspective.
Their top prize for film went to Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. It is the third film in the series of films based on the books by C.S. Lewis. The number one film on their top ten list of films for families was Toy Story 3. For mature audiences, their number one film was Secretariat.
Their Faith and Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values award for film went to Mao's Last Dancer, about Chinese dancer Li Cunxin's defection to the United States.
The Epiphany prize for television was awarded to Amish Grace. One of the television movie's actors Madison Mason claimed the Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Television. Kevin Sorbo won the Grace Award for Film with his performance in What If. . . Sorbo was the host of the gala event.
The organization releases an annual Report to the Entertainment Industry which make the dubious claim that Christian-themed movies are more profitable and should be the focus of the industry. For example, their study claims that movies with messages advocating a "Christian" worldview earned $105 million and those advocating "miscellaneous morality" earned $10 million. This seems highly unlikely since the top five earning films in 2010 were Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Inception and Shrek Forever After. None of them are particularly Christian in their outlook. In fact, each of them have magic and/or fantasy elements that may put off some conservative Christians.
Complete winners list for the 19th annual MovieGuide Faith & Values Awards
The Epiphany Prizes
Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2010, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation – THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER from 20th Century Fox Pictures.
Other movie nominees:
THE BOOK OF ELI, Warner Bros.
GET LOW, Sony Pictures Classics
LETTERS TO GOD, Vivendi Entertainment
THE SECRET OF KELLS, GKIDs Inc.
TO SAVE A LIFE, Samuel Goldwyn Films
WHAT IF. . ., PureFlix Entertainment
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) or executive 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 2010 sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation – AMISH GRACE, telecast on Lifetime Television.
Other TV nominees:
CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C, GMC
ICE DREAMS, The Hallmark Channel
NOVEMBER CHRISTMAS, Hallmark Hall of Fame
THE WAY HOME, GMC
WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY, Hallmark Hall of Fame
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) or 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 $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time and Beginning Screenwriters, sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation:
1. “BLUE WATER METAL,” by Justin Eade, Nelson, New Zealand, $25,000
2. “A GENTLE WHISPER,” by Katherine T. Koonce, Coral Springs, Fla., $15,000
3. “UNDER THE APPLE TREE,” by Matthew Hill & Landon Johnson, Upland, Calif., $10,000
The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Movies in 2010 – Kevin Sorbo for WHAT IF. . .
Other acting nominees (alpha order): Georgie Henley from CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF TREADER, Tanner Maguire from LETTERS TO GOD, John Ratzenberger from WHAT IF. . ., Kristy Swanson from WHAT IF. . ., Denzel Washington from THE BOOK OF ELI, Randy Wayne from TO SAVE A LIFE, and Joshua Weigel from TO SAVE A LIFE.
The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance in Television in 2010 – Madison Mason from AMISH GRACE, Lifetime Television.
Other acting nominees (alpha order): Dean Cain from THE WAY HOME, Matt Letscher from AMISH GRACE, Barry Pepper from WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY, Winona Ryder from WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY, Sonny Shroyer from THE WAY HOME, Nancy Stafford from CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C, and Brad Stine from CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C.
Best Movie for Families – TOY STORY 3 from Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures
** The Ten Best 2010 Movies for Families **
1. TOY STORY 3
2. DESPICABLE ME
3. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
4. LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE
5. SHREK FOREVER AFTER
7. WHAT IF. . .
8. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
9. LETTERS TO GOD
Best Movie for Mature Audiences – SECRETARIAT from Walt Disney Pictures
** The Ten Best 2010 Movies for Mature Audiences **
2. THE BOOK OF ELI
3. THE KING’S SPEECH
4. TRUE GRIT
5. LETTERS TO JULIET
6. MAO’S LAST DANCER
7. IRON MAN 2
8. PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
9. ALICE IN WONDERLAND
10. GET LOW
The Faith and Freedom Awards for Promoting Positive American Values in 2010
Winner for Movies – MAO’S LAST DANCER from Samuel Goldwyn Films
Other movie nominees (alpha order): HUBBLE 3D from Warner Bros. Pictures, I WANT YOUR MONEY from RG Entertainment, IRON MAN 2 from Paramount Pictures, LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE from Warner Bros. Pictures, TOY STORY 3 from Walt Disney Pictures, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” from Paramount Vantage, and THE WAY BACK from Newmarket Films.
Winner for TV – CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C from Pure Flix and GMC
Other TV nominees (alpha order): AMISH GRACE from Lifetime Television, SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA: EPISODE ONE from The Learning Channel, THE WAY HOME from The GMC, and WWII IN HD: THE AIR WAR from The History Channel.
Special Crystal Teddy Award:
Composer AL KASHA
For communicating and living the Good News.