It’s the time of the year again for wholesome, family-friendly movies to be recognized for their value — in an industry that seems to favor depravity. On Friday, February 15, the 21st Annual Movieguide Awards were held to celebrate films that uphold the American values of patriotism and faith.
The Movieguide Faith and Values Awards are sponsored by the Christian Film & Television Commission and Movieguide, founded by Dr. Ted Baehr. This year's glittering event, also dubbed the “Christian Oscars,” attracted a number of major celebrities, Hollywood executives, producers, writers, and directors. The event was hosted by Criminal Minds television star Joe Mantegna and daughter Gia Mantegna. Award presenters for the evening included Disney Channel stars Debby Ryan and Bella Thorne.
A number of worthy films were honored at the awards gala for their wholesome, Christian nature. Ice Age: Continental Drift earned a Crystal Teddy Bear Award for the Best Family Movie of the Year, edging out a number of other worthy contenders including The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Here Comes the Boom, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Ice Age: Continental Drift espouses important Christian themes, such as the importance of family and of sacrifice.
The Grace Award honors those actors whose performances “exemplify God’s grace and mercy toward us as human beings.” This year’s recipient of the Grace Award is Andy Garcia for his performance in For Greater Glory, a film about the Mexican Cristero War. In the inspiring film, Garcia plays Enrique Gorostieta, an atheist and decorated general who accepts an offer to lead the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty in the war. Though Gorostieta does not share the spiritual passion of those around him, he believes in the basic right of freedom and fights for it. For Greater Glory breaks from the typical Hollywood mold by portraying Christianity as heroic.
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