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Moviguide fetes pics’ spiritual gifts

'Evelyn' wins three awards, scores $25K for UNICEF

With the awards season quickly drawing to a close, one last gala — the 11th annual Movieguide Awards honoring spiritual and moral content in film and TV — was held Tuesday night at the Beverly Wilshire.

MGM/UA’s “Evelyn” was the most honored film, taking home a trio of crystal teddy bear awards. “I guess this makes us the ‘Chicago’ of the Movieguide awards,” said scribe Paul Pender upon receiving the Epiphany Prize for the most inspirational movie of 2002. Award includes a $25,000 check from the John Templeton Foundation, which will be donated to UNICEF Ireland.

Pic star Pierce Brosnan won the Grace Prize, which director Bruce Beresford accepted on his behalf.

“Lilo & Stitch” producer Clark Spencer said the Disney film set out to be a story about families for families. “I guess we succeeded in that goal,” he said while accepting the honor for top 10 family film. The Epiphany Prize for TV was awarded to Pax TV’s “Doc (Nobody),” which starred Billy Ray Cyrus. The Grace Prize for TV actor was won by “The District’s” Sean Patrick Thomas, who paid homage to the late Lynne Thigpen.

Those receiving gift bags — with Bibles and stuffed teddy bears with gold wings — included “Spider-Man” producers Ian Bryce and Stan Lee (who thanked the “whole human race” so as not to leave anyone out); “About Schmidt” producer Michael Besman; “Count of Monte Cristo” scribe Jay Wolpert; “Four Feathers” writer Michael Schiffer; “Hart’s War” producer David Ladd; and presenters Stephen Collins, John Ratzenberger, Judge Reinhold, Craig T. Nelson and rap/hip-hop artist T-Bone, who performed.

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