Sunday, February 16, 2014

"Grace Unplugged," "The Bible," & "Shark Tank" Win Big During the 2014 Faith & Values Awards Ceremony

Did you watch the Faith & Values Awards early this month? Frankly, I hadn't ever heard of this event until after it happened. I guess it's all about rewarding spiritual seriousness in Hollywood, but you wouldn't know that from glancing through a large chunk of the winners. Check this out:
$100,000 EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR MOST INSPIRING MOVIE OF 2013
Winner:  GRACE UNPLUGGED
2 - BLACK NATIVITY
3 - 42
4 - MAN OF STEEL
5 - THE TOWER

$100,000 EPIPHANY PRIZE FOR MOST INSPIRING TELEVISION PROGRAM OF 2013
Winner:  THE BIBLE
2 - LAST MAN STANDING: Back to School
3 - THE CROSS
4 - DUCK DYNASTY:  TILL DUCK DO US PART
5 - BLUE BLOODS:  Bad Blood

10 BEST MOVIES FOR FAMILIES
WINNER:  #1 - FROZEN (2013)
2 - DESPICABLE ME 2
3 - THE CROODS
4 - TURBO
5 - GRACE UNPLUGGED
6 - MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
7 - BLACK NATIVITY
8 - OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL
9 - CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
10 - LINSANITY

10 BEST MOVIES FOR MATURE AUDIENCES
WINNER:  #1 - IRON MAN 3
2 - 42
3 - THE HOBBIT:  THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
4 - THE HUNGER GAMES:  CATCHING FIRE
5 - GRAVITY
6 - MAN OF STEEL
7 - THOR:  THE DARK WORLD
8 - CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
9 - JACK THE GIANT SLAYER
10 - THE TOWER

FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD MOVIES
WINNER:  #1 - IRON MAN 3
2 - 42
3 - THE HOBBIT:  THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
4 - THE HUNGER GAMES:  CATCHING FIRE
5 - TURBO
6 - MAN OF STEEL

FAITH & FREEDOM AWARD TELEVISION WINNER:  #1 - DUCK DYNASTY:  TILL DUCK DO US PART
2 - LAST MAN STANDING:  Back to School
3 - CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY
4 - REMEMBER SUNDAY
5 - BLUE BLOODS:  Bad Blood
6 - SECRET MILLIONAIRE:  George & Kym Rapier:  Oakridge, Oregon

$50,000 FRIESS FOUNDATION FREE ENTERPRISE PRIZE
SHARK TANK:  Episode 4.20
2 - TURBO
3 - LAST MAN STANDING:  Shoveling Snow
4 - MONSTERS UNIVERSITY
5 - CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY
6 - REMEMBER SUNDAY
7 - THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
8 - SECRET MILLIONAIRE:  George & Kym Rapier: Oakridge, Oregon

GRACE AWARD MOVIES
Actress - 1 - AJ Michalka - GRACE UNPLUGGED
Actor - 1 - James Denton - GRACE UNPLUGGED
3 - Forest Whittaker - BLACK NATIVITY
4 - Harrison Ford - 42
5 - Sandra Bullock - GRAVITY
6 - Russell Crowe - MAN OF STEEL
7 - Henry Cavill - MAN OF STEEL

GRACE AWARD TELEVISION
Actress - 1 - Roma Downey - THE BIBLE
Actor - 1 - Willie Robertson - LAST MAN STANDING:  Back to School
2 - Diogo Morgado - THE BIBLE
3 - Tim Allen - LAST MAN STANDING:  Back to School
4 - Billy Graham - THE CROSS
5 - Len Cariou - BLUE BLOODS:  Bad Blood
6 - Tom Selleck - BLUE BLOODS:  Bad Blood
I mean, some of them seem like obvious winning choices for those concerned with faith and spiritual messaging. But "Iron Man 3"? "Shark Tank"??? Others are interesting choices and, of course, they got a couple episodes of "Duck Dynasty" into the mix. Several others I'd never even heard of, but that doesn't mean much anymore.

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