Thursday, February 24, 2005

Faith and Values Awards Honor Movies Overlooked by Oscar

A headline on the front of a magazine at the grocery store yesterday prompted me to pick it up and thumb through until I found the article. I actually forget what magazine it was--Premiere, maybe--but the article listed what a group of critics rated the top 100 movies of 2004. "SpongeBob Square Pants" was there, along with a host of worthy and not-so-worthy titles. As far as I could tell, "The Passion of the Christ" was nowhere to be found on the list.

This simply boggles my mind. No doubt about it, "The Passion of the Christ" has been pointedly ignored by many if not most critics, although it did win a People's Choice award for favorite movie drama, and the Moviefone Moviegoer award for Best Picture.

But at least one awards show will showcase the movie. The Christian Film and Television Commission presents its 13th annual Faith and Values awards tonight.

According to AP's Religion Roundup: "The Templeton Foundation's 50-thousand-dollar Epiphany Prizes will be the film and T-V show that best helped audiences love and understand God."

This year's film nominees are "The Passion of The Christ," "I Am David," "The Reckoning," "Ladder 49" and "America's Heart and Soul."

From "The Awards Gala will also feature awards for the Ten Best Family Movies, the Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences and the Grace Awards for the Most Inspiring Performances in Movies and TV. This year's acting nominees include Jim Caviezel, Jamie Foxx, Kelsey Grammer, and Don Cheadle."

Tonight's awards show will get a fraction of the media attention that the Oscars will receive this coming Sunday night. But at least some worthy films will be recognized and honored.

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