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article imageMovieguide Awards spotlight values, faith and family

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 12, 2013 in Entertainment
Universal City - In "It's a Wonderful Life," George Bailey shouts, "Families, I don't want the families over here," and then went full steam into a breakdown.
But, in the end, it was the family he missed the most. Now, combine movies and families and there is the Top Ten Movies for Families. Movieguide has announced the finalists for two of its top awards, which will be handed out Feb. 15.
These awards honor films with uplifting and family-appropriate messages and will be hosted by Joe Mantegna and his daughter, Gia Mantegna. A second category is the Ten Best Movies for Mature Audiences.
They represent movies that are suitable for families and mature audiences, respectively, which exhibit moral values and/or a redemptive storyline.
According to its rules, any feature film can be nominated, regardless of box office gross or number of major stars. Movies rated G or PG are eligible for the "Family" category, while those rated PG-13 or R may be nominated in the "Mature" category.
"The Movieguide Awards are one of the only places where the greats of Hollywood walk side by side with the entertainment industry's youngest and most promising newcomers," said Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher and founder of Movieguide.
The Ten Best Movies for Families are:
"Here Comes the Boom"
"Ice Age: Continental Drift"
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"
"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green"
"The Secret World of Arrietty"
"Won't Back Down"
"Wreck-It Ralph"
The Ten Best Movies for Mature Audience are:
"Act of Valor"
"The Amazing Spider-Man"
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Les Miserables"
"Marvel's The Avengers"
"Men in Black 3"
"Red Dawn"
"Snow White and the Huntsman"
An interesting note here is that "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo" and "Lincoln" made the semifinals but not the final list. That leaves "Les Miserables" as the only Oscar contender on this list.
The Faith and Freedom finalists are:
"Act of Valor"
"For Greater Glory"
"Here Comes the Boom"
"Marvel's The Avengers"
"Red Dawn 2012"
"Won't Back Down"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Performers are not forgotten, and one example for that is the Grace Award. They also honor TV as well.
For movies, the Grace Award (God's grace and mercy) finalists are:
Andy Garcia - "For Greater Glory
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
Kevin James - "Here Comes the Boom"
Mauricio Kuri - "For Greater Glory"
Kristen Stewart - "Snow White and the Hunstman"
Colm Wilkinson - "Les Miserables
Other awards are Friess Free Enterprise, The Kairo Prize and the Ephinany Prizes.
The aim for Movieguide is "redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media."
The awards will, again, be handed out Feb. 15 at the Hilton Universal, Universal City, CA.
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