The Movieguide Awards is an annual award ceremony for Christian and family-friendly entertainment held every year in Hollywood and broadcast on the Hallmark Channel around the same time as the Academy Awards. The awards are commonly described as "The Christian Oscars" in industry circles.
|The Movieguide Awards|
|Awarded for||Promotion of Christian values|
|First awarded||February 10, 1993|
In 1985 Ted Baehr of the Christian Film & Television Commission created Movieguide a family guide to movies and entertainment. In 1988 conversations began with Sir John Templeton resulting in the Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala debuting in 1993 with funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
Since then, Movieguide’s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala has grown into a televised event that has been hosted by such celebrities as Terry Crews, Chuck Norris, Sadie Robertson, Bill Engvall, and Joe Mantegna.
The Epiphany Prize
Epiphany Prize for Inspiring Movies winners
The Faith and Freedom Award
The Faith & Freedom Award for Movies & TV is awarded to entertainment that promotes positive American values. The values considered include such values such as liberty, religious freedom, freedom of speech, the right to vote, property rights, proper compassion for others, protection of the innocent, the right to due process, the right to life, the right to pursue happiness, the rule of law, democracy, the free market, ownership of private property, and many other traditional values.
Best Movies for Families
Movieguide’s editorial staff views and analyzes every major movie released that makes over $1 million and compiles the Ten Best Movies for Families. Each nominee receives a “Teddy ‘The Good News’ Bear” Family Friendly Awards for Excellence, and one is picked as the Best Movie for Families at the Annual Movieguide Awards.
Best Movies for Mature Audiences
The nominees for Best Movies for Mature Audiences are picked by the editorial staff of Movieguide, and awarded to movies made with excellence, and also contain strong moral and redemptive themes. These nominees receive the “Papa Bear” Award for Excellence, and may contain subject matter not appropriate for young children.
The Grace Award for Acting
The Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performances in Movies and Television are given to the best, most inspiring performances demonstrating God’s grace and love towards us as humans being.
The Kairos Prize
Established by Movieguide in 2005, the purpose of the Kairos Prize for Beginning and Established Screenwriters is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. Seeking to promote a spiritually uplifting, redemptive worldview, the prize was founded to inspire first-time and beginning screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God. Each year, at least $30,000 in prizes is given out to the winning screenwriters.
- Sweet, Sam (February 7, 2014). "The Christian Oscars". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
- DeFazio, Jeanne C.; Spencer, William David (3 May 2016). "Redeeming the Screens: Living Stories of Media "Ministers" Bringing the Message of Jesus Christ to the Entertainment Industry". Wipf and Stock Publishers – via Google Books.
- Cook, Dr Bruce (1 October 2013). "Aligning With The Apostolic, Volume 5: Apostles And The Apostolic Movement In The Seven Mountains Of Culture". Whitaker House – via Google Books.
- "Movieguide® and the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry featuring the Epiphany, Kairos, and Chronos Prizes - John Templeton Foundation". templeton.org.
- "Movieguide Awards Archives -". dollyparton.com.