Movieguide’s 25th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala Celebrates Inspiring Movies and TV Programs; Gives Special Honors to Entertainment With Strong Christian Content

Terry Crews emceed the Movieguide Awards. (Reuters)

The Young Messiah and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love took home the top honors at Movieguide®’s 25th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala, held Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.

They won the respective Epiphany Prizes for 2016’s Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program that “greatly increases man’s love and understanding of God.”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Expendables actor Terry Crews emceed the evening, which attracted more than 150 honorees and representatives from Hollywood. This year’s theme was “The Inspired Life.”

Other top winners at the awards included Hacksaw Ridge, God’s Not Dead 2, Miracles From Heaven and three TV movies, The Bridge Part 2, A Time to Dance and Operation Christmas. 

Grace Award winner Adam Greaves-Neal, Director-writer Cyrus Nowrasteh, writer Betsy Griffin-Nowrasteh and Producer Terry K. Price accepted the award for The Young Messiah. 

Speaking for The Young Messiah cast and crew, Price said, “This was an elaborate journey. This film got shut down, and I made a commitment to the people that were involved that I would either get it done or die in the process, and did a little of both. So, thank you so much for this recognition.

“I can’t thank Adam enough and his mom for making the trip, my daughter who was part of the film, Cyrus and Betsy, I call them Cyrus B. DeMille. So if you want an epic movie, Cyrus B. DeMille is the guy. Betsy wrote the scene with Mary and Jesus under the tree, which I think is, at least according to Chris Columbus, one of the five most beautiful moments ever put on film. And if you haven’t seen it, I would encourage all of you to take a look at The Young Messiah.”

Accepting for Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was 9-year-old Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played Dolly Parton as a young child in the movie.

“Thank you so much!” Alyvia exclaimed. “We’re so happy for this … this movie’s so amazing. I’m so honored that it got to win tonight.”

Executive Producer Sam Haskell added, “This child brought iconic American Dolly Parton’s childhood to life, and Alyvia will allow Dolly’s legacy to live on forever.

“I want to thank God,” Haskell continued. “I want to thank Ted Baehr and this incredible organization, the Movieguide® Awards. The people standing behind me are basically the wind beneath our wings. Just know that to stand in the light of God’s grace and to show people who you really are is what it’s about. That’s who Dolly Parton is, and we love her, we appreciate her, and we cherish her. She is a servant of God, and we love telling the stories of her life. Thank you so, so much.”

A highlight of the awards gala was Movieguide®’s presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Communicating and Living the Good News to the Rev. Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, The Family Channel, Regent University and Operation Blessing.

“Thank you, ladies and gentlemen,” Rev. Robertson said after receiving a standing ovation. “Thank you so very much.

“I want to thank Ted Baehr and this wonderful organization for this honor you’re giving me. It’s been a thrill. It’s been a long journey, 55 years of broadcasting. I guess that’s a long time. I’ve done 10,000 live television shows, 10,000 of them. You guys with these scripts should know, you do a movie, a week, a month, a year. I do five a week, but anyhow, that’s the way it goes.

“God has blessed me. We are so privileged to live in this great land. We are so blessed. I’ve been all over the world. I’ve seen desperate poverty. I’ve seen suffering. I’ve seen leper colonies. I’ve been to people who were desperately poor, didn’t have enough food to eat and done what I can to help them along the way.

“To realize when you come back to this nation, you get clean water, you take that for granted. Most people can’t get it. I’ve been to India where they had to drink out of these feted pools that were just green and sickening, [but] we have fresh water, we have fresh air, we have delicious food. We have, even though the freeways are blocked up, roads that work. Most of them are dirt roads in other countries. We have so much here in this nation, and we are so blessed.

“In another month, I am going to be 87 years old! Praise God for His blessing and my life,” Robertson concluded. “I’ve only got 13 more years to go, and I’ll hit 100, and then I guess it’s 110 after that, but whatever it is, thank you all. Ted, thank you. God bless all of you. God bless America.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Tom Snyder