Using the MOVIEGUIDE reviews of all the major theatrical feature films
for a given year and the comprehensive MOVIEGUIDE review criteria, the
judges of the Grace Prize ask first whether the performance is entertaining
and astounding. Secondly, they ask whether the performance is primarily
moral, redemptive and inspirational rather than merely humanitarian. For
example, Jimmy Stewart's wonderful performance in Frank Capra's MR. SMITH
GOES TO WASHINGTON emphasizes brotherly love, compassion and moral rectitude,
but Charlton Heston's performance in BEN HUR is redemptive and inspirational
and acknowledges God, His love, and His grace and mercy. Lastly, the judges
ask whether this performance resulted in a great increase in our understanding
and love of God's grace and mercy toward us as human beings.
To reiterate: The Grace Prize intends to encourage spiritual wisdom,
knowledge and growth. We hope that by honoring these movie and television
actors and actresses, millions of people will be uplifted and inspired
to be enthusiastic about the further study and worship of the God of the
Bible. We hope that the prize will encourage more dynamic and inspirational
performances. We hope that more manpower and resources will be devoted
to producing more uplifting and wholesome movies and television programs
with traditional biblical themes. We hope that more actors and actresses
will study and work for personal spiritual growth and progress. Progress
comes in many forms and by their fruits you shall know them.
Throughout history, great art, drama and communications, such as Handel's
"Messiah" and Michelangelo's "Pieta," have been infused with a personal
recognition of God and His love, mercy and grace. Now, in the mass media
of entertainment progress is needed in understanding and loving God, just
as such progress is needed in all other dimensions of human experience
and endeavor. There has been a long departure, at least in Western culture,
from the last synthesis when religion and art, drama and communications
were organically related. The wider universe of the mass media of entertainment
demands deeper awareness of the dimension of the spirit and of spiritual
resources available for man, of the affinity of God, and of the divine
knowledge and understanding still to be claimed.
The Grace Prize for Inspiring Acting in Movies & Television serves
to stimulate this quest for deeper understanding in religious knowledge
by encouraging performances with a spiritual focus. We hope there will
result from this enterprise a deeper spiritual awareness on the part of
man, a better understanding of the meaning of life, heightened quality
of devotion and love, and a greater emphasis on the kind of dedication
that brings the human life more into concert with God's Will.
In judging each movie and television actress, the judges take into
account the criteria used by MOVIEGUIDE magazine to evaluate movies and
television programs. This criteria includes looking at each movie and television
program in each of the following ways and comparing the answers to biblical
Aesthetically: by looking at the artistic value of the performance just
as other reviewers do.
Emotively: by looking at how the performance captures and amuses the audience
as entertainment and amusement.
Semantically: by looking at the individual elements of the performance,
such as words, nudity and incidents of violence, and their meanings just
as many parents do.
Syntactically: by looking at how the elements of the performance come together
and how the pieces and characters relate to each other just as many teenagers
and single adults do.
Propositionally: by looking at what the performance is communicating.
Generically: by comparing it to other performances.
Morally: by looking at its moral perspective and content.
Biblically: by looking at the biblical perspective and biblical principles
in the performance.
Psychologically: by looking at how the performance deals with mind and
Sexually: by looking at how the performance deals with sex and sexual relationships.
Philosophically: by looking at the philosophical perspective and the worldview
of the performance.
Spiritually: by looking at how the performance deals with God, faith and
The Grace Prize for Inspiring Acting in Movies & Television will
be presented to the best movie performance of the preceding year or the
best television program as determined by the judges using the criteria
set forth herein.
The Prize for the best movie or television performance which best displayed
God's grace and mercy toward us as human beings, a sum in the amount of
$1,000 or its equivalent.
The judges shall be selected by The Christian Film and Television Commission
and shall be top talent and executives in the entertainment industry who
know and love God. Dr. Ted Baehr shall be the chairman of the committee
of judges and shall select the judges.
The best performances shall be selected from the MOVIEGUIIDE reviews
of theatrically released movies for the preceding year. The best performances
shall be suggested by the judges and chosen according to the criteria outlined
Rules and Guidelines
Performances in completed productions, aired or screened before a live
audience of at least one million people or more within the past calendar
year, are eligible for consideration. Only those productions which are
of a dramatic or documentary nature aimed at a broad entertainment audience
and distributed, broadcast or cablecast by choice by a major motion picture
distributor, television network or cable system will be considered for
Although they may be of the highest quality and deserving of commendation,
performances in commercials, industrials, client-based or client-oriented
productions, evangelistic programs, preaching programs, public service
announcements, programs aimed at a narrow audience, programs aimed at a
religious audience, music videos, instructional or educational productions,
or specials (such as a videotaped telethon) are ineligible unless they
are intended for a broad entertainment audience (as opposed to primarily
intended to proselytize) and distributed, broadcast or cablecast by choice
by a major motion picture distributor, television network, or cable system.
Awarding of the Prize
The prize will be awarded annually at a predetermined place and time,
which may vary from year to year. Specific details will be announced. Initially,
the ceremony for the Grace Prize for Inspiring Acting in Movies & Television
will be held in Los Angeles, CA, at the MOVIEGUIDE Awards Gala and Report
to the Entertainment Industry.
Prize Presentation Narrative
The ceremony for the Grace Prizes for Inspiring Acting in Movies &
Television will be an annual event to be held initially in Los Angeles,
CA, concurrent with the dates of the MOVIEGUIDE Awards Gala and Report
to the Entertainment Industry.
One of the keys to proper establishment of the Prizes is publicity.
The major benefit to the writers, directors and producers will be the extensive
publicity; therefore, the public relations program will extend over several
months. It is hoped that the publicity program will be very helpful to
the actors and will encourage more wholesome and inspirational roles.
The Christian and secular press will be contacted, with a barrage of
information provided to these organizations for as extensive coverage as
possible, for very little cost. Telephone and letter follow-ups will take
place, and personal invitations will be made to selected press representatives
to cover the Awards Ceremony.