Tuesday, February 11, 2014

‘Grace’ Wins Big at Faith and Family Awards

AJ Michalka ("Best Film Actress") and James Denton
("Best Film Actor") from "Grace Unplugged."
Photo: Lionsgate

Grace Unplugged, an underappreciated of 2013, received some respect last weekend during Movieguide’s 22nd Annual Faith and Family Awards presentation as it took home the top prize. “What an exciting and humbling honor,” said Brad J. Silverman, who wrote and directed the movie. “Our goal from the beginning was to make a movie that would entertain and inspire families – and to have Movieguide recognize us for doing just that is more special than I can put into words.”

In addition to the Epiphany Prize, Grace Unplugged took home two other awards: Best Film Actress for AJ Michalka and Best Film Actor for James Denton. The movie was also nominated as Family Film of the Year.

The Movieguide® Awards was held at Universal Hilton Hotel last Friday, February 7. Movieguide was created in 1985 by Dr. Ted Baehr and is affiliated with the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry (CFTVC), (also founded by Dr. Baehr), which is “dedicated to redeeming the values of the entertainment industry, according to biblical principles, by influencing industry executives and artists and by informing and educating the public about the influence of the entertainment media and about how to train their families to become media-wise, so they can choose the good and reject the bad.” A telecast of the award show presentation will air at 2 p.m. (ET) on March 1 on the REELZ Channel.

Other movies being celebrated include, Frozen, Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, Turbo, The Croods, 42, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Black Nativity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. “2013 was also the year that explicit sex and nudity did not sell – again,” says Baehr. “2013 was also the year that foul language did not sell – again. However, it WAS the year that the Good, the True, and the Beautiful reached new heights at the box office and in the TV ratings.”


Grace Unplugged, whose release nicely comes out today in Blu-Ray and DVD, won the Epiphany Prize as the Most Inspiring Film of the Year, beating out such box-office powerhouses as Man of Steel and 42. The victory puts Grace Unplugged in the company of such past winners as Les Miserables, The Blind Side, The Passion of the Christ, Fireproof, The Nativity Story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Amistad and Courageous.

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