|‘Grace Unplugged’ wins top honors at MovieGuide awards|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:34 PM America/New_York|
Grace Unplugged earned its greatest industry honor thus far Friday, Feb. 7, taking home the top Annual Faith and Family Awards.
The movie, releasing from Lionsgate Home Entertainment (Capitol Christian Distribution) on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD today, won the Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring Film of the Year, surpassing box-office powerhouses like as Man of Steel and 42. The victory puts Grace Unplugged in the company of such past winners as Les Miserables, The Blind Side, The Passion of The Christ, Fireproof, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Amistad and Courageous.
“What an exciting and humbling honor,” said Brad J. Silverman, writer and director of Grace Unplugged. “Our goal from the beginning was to make a movie that would entertain and inspire families—and to have Movieguide recognize us for doing just that is more special than I can put into words.”
In addition to the Epiphany Prize, Grace Unplugged took home two other awards: Best Film Actress for AJ Michalka and Best Film Actor for James Denton. The movie was also nominated for Family Film of the Year.
Grace Unplugged tells the story of teenager Grace Trey (Michalka, a former Disney Channel star) whose faith and family ties are put to the test when her dreams of becoming a music star start to come true. Against the wishes of her overly protective father (Denton, Desperate Housewives), she runs away from home to chase her musical dreams. While her father puts his faith in God to take care of his daughter, only Grace can decide if she will take the road leading to fame and fortune or find her way back to her faith and family.
“The stories of Dad and Grace go hand-in-hand,” said Silverman. “The journey Grace goes on is one that’s a big issue in churches today—kids growing up and struggling with making their faith their own. The theme for Dad is, sometimes, as parents, there's not much we can do but trust God to take care of our kids.”
The film also features special appearances by Christian music artists Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace.
During its fall theatrical run, Grace Unplugged was the No. 1 fan-rated rated movie for two consecutive weeks on Fandango.