Tonight, at the Universal Hilton, a different kind of film awards ceremony will take place. The 19th Annual Movieguide Awards are basically the faith-based family vision of one man, journalist-author Dr. Ted Baehr (pictured), who – if you’ve ever sat next to him at a film screening (FishbowlLA has) – takes furious notes.
While the Academy Awards and Golden Globes provide indirect box office boosts to nominees and winners, Baehr has managed, with help from the The John Templeton Foundation, to attach cash prizes to several of his half-dozen awards categories.
Two Epiphany Prizes for Inspiring Movies and TV each come with $100,000 attached, while the Kairos Prize for Uplifting Screenplay will dole out $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 to the first, second, and third-place finishers.
Baehr tells Fox News’ Pop Tarts column that this year’s event has more stars attending than ever before. The show will be hosted by actor (and Grace Award category nominee) Kevin Sorbo, alongside performances by former American Idol contestant Ace Young and gospel duo Mary Mary.