“The Path to 9/11,” “Glory Road” and “The Nativity Story” are among the movies and television productions nominated for awards that “celebrate what’s best about America.”
The Christian group Movieguide, in partnership with the Christian Film & Television Commission, announced the nominees for the 2006 Libertas Awards for “Promoting Positive American Values in Movies & Television” and the 2006 Grace Awards for “Most Inspiring Performance in Movies & Television.”
Ted Baehr, founder and editor of Movieguide.org and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, said that while other awards “may honor films with anti-American worldviews, we award the Libertas Awards to honor movies that celebrate what’s best about America.”
The Grace Awards, he said are for “actors and actresses whose performances best displayed God’s grace toward us as human beings.”
The nominees in alphabetical order:
Libertas Nominees for Television
- “Arlington: In Eternal Vigil”
- “Hidden Places”
- “The Path to 9/11″
Libertas Nominees for Movies
- “Akeelah and The Bee”
- “Glory Road”
- “The Pursuit of Happyness”
- “Rocky Balboa”
Grace Nominees for Television
- Alice Evans for “The Christmas Card”
- Shirley Jones for “Hidden Places”
- Dougray Scott for “The Ten Commandments”
Grace Nominees for Movies
- Keisha Castle-Hughes for “The Nativity Story”
- Oscar Isaac Guerrilla for “The Nativity Story”
- Julia Jentsch for Sophie Scholl – “The Final Days”
- Alex Kendrick for “Facing the Giants”
- Michael Pena for “World Trade Center”
- Queen Latifah for “Last Holiday”
- Michael Shannon for “World Trade Center”
The finalists for the $50,000 John Templeton Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring a Movie & Television Show will be announced Feb. 12, in a special Internet video conference, Baehr said.
In an interview last year with WND, Baehr praised “Nativity” as having one of the best scripts ever for a biblical story.
“What makes a movie compelling is a sense of jeopardy, and that sense of jeopardy is present throughout this movie,” he said. “The dialogue, the plot development, the turning points are refreshingly dramatic, so good in fact that they will elicit tears at certain points.”
The ABC television docudrama “Path to 9/11,” as WND reported, faced fierce opposition from former President Clinton, his aides and top Democratic Party leaders that resulted in edits. Writer and producer Cyrus Nowrasteh asked for help from retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson, a former military aide to President Clinton, after network executives, under pressure from Clinton officials, began pressing for changes to the script.
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