HOLLYWOOD — What happens when you cross the Hollywood movie industry
with old-fashioned family values rooted in the Bible?
You have an epiphany.
As in the “Epiphany Prizes.”
What are the Epiphany Prizes? They’ve been called the “Christian
Oscars.” And they were given out last night in a star-studded spectacle
reminiscent of Academy Awards presentations.
“The Winslow Boy” (Sony Pictures) won the prestigious $25,000
Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 1999, in the 8th Annual
MovieGuide Awards Gala and Report to the
Entertainment Industry at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City.
Hosted by actor Tim Reid of “The Tim Reid Show” and his wife, actress
Daphne Maxwell Reid of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” the awards ceremony
was taped for broadcast across America on PAX-TV.
Awarded the Epiphany Prize for the most inspirational television
program of 1999 was an episode of “Jag” called “Second Sight” (CBS,
Two $25,000 cash prizes were given by the John Templeton Foundation
for the movie and network television program that is “spiritually
uplifting, inspiring and resulting in a great increase in man’s love of
God or man’s understanding of God.”
Two veteran actors, Richard Farnsworth and Chuck Norris, each
received the Grace Prize at the event for the most inspirational
performances in film and on television. Farnsworth took the movie award
for his role in “The Straight Story” (Disney), and action star Chuck
Norris took the Grace Prize for television, for his role in the “A
Matter of Faith” episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” (CBS). The Grace
Prizes are sponsored by Morgan H. Grace, Jr.
Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of MovieGuide, a family guide to movies and entertainment, handed
out his annual Teddy Bear awards to “Toy Story II” (Disney) for best
family-friendly film, and “The Straight Story” (Disney), for best mature
audience film. The magazine, which comes out 26 times a year, contains
many articles and reviews that can help parents train their children to
be “media-wise consumers.” MovieGuide also regularly broadcasts several
international TV and radio programs hosted by Baehr.
Among others who hosted the event were Patricia Heaton and Doris
Roberts of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Richard Thomas of “The Waltons,”
and Jayne Meadows, music legends Smokey Robinson, Marilyn McCoo and
Billy Davis, and NBC show “Main Place” host Nancy Stafford, to honor the
best family-friendly movies and TV programs of 1999.
Elizabeth Farah is senior
editor of WorldNetDaily.