Positive Christian entertainment feted at 14th annual event

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “7th Heaven,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and “Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye” won the top honors at the 14th Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry held March 2.

“These award-winning films and television programs, not to mention all of our other nominees and winners, prove that Christian faith and values are alive and well in Hollywood,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, which sponsored the gala.

The glittering event, also dubbed “The Christian Oscars,” was held just days before the 78th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood and attracted more than 150 celebrities, Hollywood executives, producers, writers, and directors and their guests.

The evening began with red carpet media interviews with many of the stars, including Pat Boone and Stephen Collins, as well as many other actors and actresses who were attending the event and who openly shared their faith in Jesus Christ.

The main purpose of the annual event is to honor the studio executives, producers, directors, writers, actors, and actresses making the most morally uplifting, redemptive, inspiring movies and TV programs with positive Christian values and content, and to show Hollywood, and the world, that these kinds of movies and TV programs are among the most financially successful and popular every year.

Since Movieguide Awards began in 1992, the number of movies with positive Christian content and overt references to the Gospel of Jesus Christ has increased 374 percent (from 10.4 percent of the Top 250 movies produced by Hollywood to 49.3 percent of the Top 250).

In all, $200,000 in cash prizes were given away at this year’s event, including $50,000 to three first-time screenwriters who have written three exciting, spiritually uplifting screenplays with religious themes about God.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, produced by Disney and Walden Media, and the “X-Mas” episode of 7th Heaven, broadcast on the WB, took home the two $50,000 John Templeton Foundation Epiphany Prizes for “Most Inspiring Movie” and “Most Inspiring TV Program” of 2005. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Pax-TV’s Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye tied for the First Annual $50,000 Ware Foundation Libertas Prize for Promoting Positive American Values.

Published by Keener Communications Group, April 2006

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