Movieguide Awards

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The Movieguide Awards
Awarded forPromotion of Christian values[1]
CountryUnited States
Presented byMovieguide
First awardedFebruary 10, 1993; 31 years ago (1993-02-10)

The Movieguide Awards is an annual award ceremony for Christian 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.[1]


In 1985 Ted Baehr of the Christian Film & Television Commission created Movieguide a family guide to movies and entertainment. [citation needed]

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.[2][3]

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.

In 2014, The New Yorker noted that the Movieguide Awards have become more politicized following funding from the right-wing lobbyists.[1]

The trophies are shaped like teddy bears, a subtle nod to Movieguide CEO and Founder Dr. Ted Baehr.[citation needed]


Annually, a panel of judges decide who should receive each award. In 2019 the panel included Dr. Ted Baehr; Cindy Bond, producer of I Can Only Imagine; Cale Boyter, a film producer; DeVon Franklin, CEO of Franklin Entertainment; Mike Medavoy, a film producer; Robert Norton, Group CFO for Animal Logic One; David Outten, a former disney artist; Rich Peluso, Executive Vice President of AFFIRM films; Pablo Perex De Rosso, Director in the content team of Netflix; Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writing and production team of God's not Dead; and, Simon Swart, a 25-year studio veteran.[citation needed]

The Epiphany Prize[edit]

The two Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV are specifically for entertaining movies and television programs that are wholesome, spiritually uplifting and inspirational.[4][5]

Epiphany Prize for Inspiring Movies winners[edit]

Year Winning Film
Dead Man Walking
The Preacher's Wife
The Prince of Egypt
The Winslow Boy
Return to Me
The Body
The Gospel of John
The Passion of the Christ
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Nativity Story
Amazing Grace
The Blind Side
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Les Misérables
Grace Unplugged
God's Not Dead
War Room
The 33
Do You Believe?
The Young Messiah
God's Not Dead 2
Hacksaw Ridge
Hail, Caesar!
Miracles from Heaven
The Star
All Saints
Bitter Harvest
The Boss Baby
The Case for Christ
Let There Be Light
The Promise
I Can Only Imagine
God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
Paul, Apostle of Christ
The Grinch
Unbroken: Path to Redemption
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
A Hidden Life
I Still Believe
Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words
I Am Patrick: The Patron Saint of Ireland
News of the World
Waiting for Anya
The Chosen, Season 3: Episode 1 & 2
Father Stu: Reborn
Resistance: 1942
Running the Bases

The Faith and Freedom Award[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

The 2017 film All Saints, from Sony Pictures, was the first Kairos Prize Finalist to be released nationwide by a major studio.


  1. ^ a b c Sweet, Sam (February 7, 2014). "The Christian Oscars". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. ^ 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. ISBN 9781498234474 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ 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. ISBN 9781939944092 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Movieguide® and the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry featuring the Epiphany, Kairos, and Chronos Prizes - John Templeton Foundation".
  5. ^ "Movieguide Awards Archives -".

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