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‘Amazing Grace’ named ‘most inspiring movie’comment (0)

February 28, 2008

Amazing Grace,” the big-budget film that traced the life of abolitionist William Wilberforce, won Most Inspiring Movie of 2007 and Best Movie for Mature Audiences at the 16th annual Movieguide Faith and Values Awards Feb. 12 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The film stars Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce, a member of Parliament who fought to end the slave trade in the 18th century British Empire. The historical drama from Samuel Goldwyn Films beat out other nominees including “Bella,” “I Am Legend” and “Spider-Man 3.”

It was awarded the $50,000 Epiphany Prize, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, which provides $100,000 annually to films and television shows that reflect a “dramatic increase in either man’s love of God or man’s understanding of God,” according to the Web site for Epiphany Prizes.

“The Valley of Light,” which aired on CBS, won the $50,000 Epiphany Prize for TV. The series stars Chris Klein as a World War II veteran who returns home to tragedy and begins searching for a community he can call home.
Actor Eduardo Verastegui of “Bella” won the Grace Award for Most Inspirational Movie Acting. Bailee Madison and Abigail Mason of “Saving Sarah Cain” received the Grace Award for Most Inspirational Television Acting in 2007.

“Bella” won the Faith and Freedom Award for promoting positive American values in 2007. “Ratatouille,” the animated film from Walt Disney Pictures, was named number one on the list of the 10 best family films of 2007.
The top award of the three Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by Beginning Screenwriters, also sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, went to “If by Chance” by Guy W. Forest of San Pedro, Calif. (RNS)
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