Published On: Tue, Feb 11th, 2014

‘Grace Unplugged’ ‘Duck Dynasty’ ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘The Bible’ lead Faith & Values Awards

The Movieguide Faith & Values Awards ceremony recognized the most inspiring film and television projects of 2013 yielded Grace Unplugged and the History Channel’s The Bible as the two biggest winners.

Jesus photo The Bible History ChannelThe two $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, which honors the best movie and best television program in 2013 that “greatly increases man’s love or understanding of God.”

Grace Unplugged stars AJ Michalka and James Denton took home Grace Award for actress and actor.

The $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by First-Time or Beginning Screenwriters, which honor the three best scripts from beginning screenwriters that “greatly increase man’s love or understanding of God.”

Both the Epiphany and the Kairos Prizes are supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (www.epiphanyprizes.com and www.kairosprize.com).

Duck Dynasty, the massively popular reality show won the Faith and Freedom Award while Mark Burnett, co-creator of The Bible, also won the Free Enterprise Prize for his show Shark Tank.

“America was built on two things: the Bible and free enterprise,” Burnett said.

Movieguide publisher Ted Baehr released a statement indicating that faith and values add up to dollars and business sense. “For the first time ever, 90 percent of the Top 10 Movies in the United States and overseas were Movieguide Award winners, from Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2 to Frozen, Gravity and Man of Steel. Also, two-thirds of the top 10, 60 percent, had overt references to Jesus Christ. Consequently, movies with very strong Christian, redemptive worldviews averaged $87.07 million at the domestic box office in 2012, but movies with very strong Non-Christian worldviews averaged only $21.64 million. In fact, movies with humanist/atheist worldviews did the worst, averaging only $3.66 million!”

THR has the full report of winners and nominees – check it out HERE

The ceremony, hosted by comedian Bill Engvall, will air on Reelz Channel during a one-hour special to be presented as an alternative to the Oscars from Mar. 1-3.


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