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Christian Answer to the Oscars Honors "Courageous" and King
Christian Answer to the Oscars Honors "Courageous" and King James Documentary
by Dan Wooding, ASSIST News
“King James" and a bunch of “Courageous” Cops, were among the winners at the 20th Annual Movieguide® Faith and Values Gala in Hollywood, California, on Friday, February 10, 2012.
Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2011, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, was KJB: The Book that Changed the World from BBC Two, the extraordinary story behind the most extraordinary of books.
In the movie, directed by veteran British filmmaker, Norman Stone, acclaimed actor John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones) leads the viewer back into a darker time to discover this fascinating tale of saints and sinners, power and passion. The greatest translation of the Bible -- The King James Bible -- emerged into a world and culture that would never be quite the same again.
Stone, who is not as well known in the US as he is in the UK, was like myself, a founder member of the Arts Centre Group in London, and has directed and produced TV and film since 1975.
Employed as the BBC’s youngest producer/director, he established his career in 1984 when he invented, developed and directed Shadowlands (about the relationship of C.S. Lewis with divorced American poet Joy Gresham and her young son Douglas) for BBC1. This gained him two Bafta awards, an International Emmy, and the Prague D’Or for Best Director.
Winner of the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011, also supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, was Courageous from Affirm Films/Provident/Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Sherwood Pictures' production, Courageous, tells the story of four men, with one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, who are confident and focused, standing up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, fears, faith and fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God… and to their children? Protecting the streets is second nature. Raising their children in a God-honoring way?
Many celebrities gathered at the Universal City Hilton, close to the heart of Hollywood, for a very special evening and also enjoyed entertainment provided by Pat Boone, B.J. Thomas, Juliana Zobrist, Natalie Grant, was well as from Ace Young and Diana Degarmo, both American Idol finalists.
Host for the evening was Dean Cain, who is most widely known for his role as Clark Kent/Superman in the popular American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. During a Red Carpet interview, he gave me the quote of the evening when I asked him if he was embarrassed about playing Superman and he said, “Not really apart from wearing the tights and red knickers.”
A highlight of the evening was when media expert, Dr. Ted Baehr, told the audience in his Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry that an analysis that his advocacy group Movieguide® has done, showed that the most family-friendly movies averaged more than $40.7 million per movie in 2011 in America and Canada, but that the least family-friendly movies with the most offensive, obscene, or anti-family and immoral content averaged only about $19.8 million.
Baehr said that the most family-friendly movies with the most inspiring, cleanest content earn more money at the box office and on home video.
The study extensively studied the content of the top movies released by the major studios in Hollywood earning $750,000 or more, including the major independent studios.
“The evidence is abundantly clear,” said Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®. “Moviegoers greatly prefer family-friendly movies.”
He noted that the Annual Report, now in its 20th year, doesn’t just examine family movies and cartoons for children, but family-friendly movies with the cleanest, most inspiring, and least offensive content.
“Most people want to see Good conquer evil, Truth triumph over falsehood, Justice prevail over injustice, Liberty conquer tyranny, and Beauty overcome ugliness,” he added. “They also would like to take their whole family, including their grandparents, to the movies more often.”
The study also found that movies with no sex, no nudity, and no foul language averaged the most money in 2011. In fact, the more sex, nudity, or foul language in a movie, the less money it tended to make, he added.
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