The 22nd annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards ceremony was held in Universal City, Calif., Friday night, . in honor of the most inspiring film and television projects that came out of Hollywood in 2013.
This year’s big winners were the movie “Grace Unplugged” and the History Channel’s “The Bible” TV series. Each took home a coveted $100,000 prize.
Both projects were honored based on the notion that they “greatly [increased] man’s love or understanding of God,” according to a press release announcing the event.
Other familiar, family-friendly projects were also awarded this year. Disney’s “Frozen” was selected as the best movie for families (we recently covered the film’s Christian underpinnings) and “Iron Man 3” took home the best film for mature audiences honor.
Not surprisingly “Duck Dynasty,” a show that is extremely popular with Christian audiences, won the “Faith & Freedom Award” for television shows that promote positive values on television.
Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey, were among the celebrities who appeared at the awards show. Both took home honors for “The Bible” — and Burnett also won the “Free Enterprise Prize” for his show “Shark Tank.”
“America was built on two things: the Bible and free enterprise,” Burnett said on stage.
Founded by film critic Dr. Ted Baehr, the Movieguide Awards has been a staple in the Christian entertainment community for more than two decades. According to The New Yorker, the event is known in entertainment circles as “The Christian Oscars.”
The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of this year’s winners and nominees.
The ceremony will air on Reelz Channel during a one-hour special to be presented as an alternative to the Oscars from Mar. 1-3.
(H/T: Hollywood Reporter)