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True faith for ‘Passion’

Annual Movieguide Awards scheduled for February 24

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HOLLYWOOD — “The Passion of the Christ” may not have made it much past the pearly gates of the Academy, but it is the leading contender for the Templeton Epiphany Prize, one of several prizes to be given out at the 13th annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala on Feb. 24 at the Beverly Hilton. And this year, it pays to be in with the man upstairs– $50,000 to be exact, double the amount of past prizes.

The top prize, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, will be awarded to the film and television program that aims to create “a deeper spiritual awareness in mankind and increase man’s love and understanding of God.” The five film noms also include “Ladder 49,” “I Am David,” “America’s Heart and Soul” and “The Reckoning.” TV noms include NBC’s “A Christmas Carol” and the Hallmark Channel’s “Love’s Enduring Promise.”

In addition, the Christian Film and Television Commission will also pick winners for the Grace Awards, for the most inspiring actor or actress in film and television. Jim Caviezel is the front runner in the acting category, which also includes Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Bettany. The stalwart of the TV noms is golden boy Jamie Foxx, nominated for his role in “Redemption.”

The commission will also distribute its Teddy Bear Awards, given to the 10 best family films and 10 best mature audience films of the year. Kid-friendly pics such as “The Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement,” “The Polar Express” and “The Incredibles,” and award-season faves “Collateral” and “Hotel Rwanda” are among those to be honored.

TOP 10 FILMS FOR FAMILY AUDIENCE — WINNERS

A Cinderella Story
America’s Heart and Soul
I Am David
Miracle
Shrek 2
The Incredibles
The Polar Express
The Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement
Two Brothers
Win a Date With Tad Hamilton

FILMS FOR MATURE AUDIENCE — WINNERS

Collateral
Hotel Rwanda
Ladder 49
Raising Helen
Rosenstrasse
Spider-Man 2
The Ladykillers
The Passion of the Christ
The Reckoning
The Terminal

TEMPLETON EPIPHANY PRIZE — FILM NOMINEES

America’s Heart and Soul
I Am David
Ladder 49
The Passion of the Christ
The Reckoning

TEMPLETON EPIPHANY PRIZE – TV NOMINEES

A Christmas Carol
Doc: Happy Trails
Love’s Enduring Promise
Patrick
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story
The Question of God

GRACE AWARD – FILM NOMINEES

Joaquin Phoenix, Ladder 49
Irma P. Hall, The Ladykillers
Jim Caviezel, The Passion of the Christ
Paul Bettany, The Reckoning

GRACE AWARD – TV NOMINEES

Kelsey Grammer, A Christmas Carol
Billy Ray Cyrus, Doc: Happy Trails
Tyler Garcia Posey, Doc: Happy Trails
Dale Midkiff, Love’s Enduring Promise
Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story

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