A recent movie awards ceremony honored films such as Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Roma – while the next night, another ceremony honored films like The Grinch, Mary Poppins Returns, and Incredibles 2. What's the difference?
That question was posed to Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of The MovieGuide Awards, which were presented the night after the Oscars were handed out at the Academy Awards.
"I guess the biggest difference is The MovieGuide Awards honors movies that people want to see," he responds, chuckling, "and they're movies with faith and family values."
These are big movies, Baehr says, pointing to the film awarded Best Movie for Families.
"Our number-one movie for families was Dr. Seuss' The Grinch – and I think the last time I looked at it was over $400 million," he notes. "So it did very well at the box office."
He says the other films MovieGuide recognized are also doing well financially.
"And [they include] very good movies like Mary Poppins Returns and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," he continues, sharing some of the comments offered during the acceptance speeches.
"One of the top people in Spider-Man said most people looked at our action and adventure and you've looked at the heart of the movie, which is about redemption and father/son/family reconciliation," says Baehr. "Incredibles 2, again they got up [during the acceptance speech] and said it's incredible that you've figured out the heart of the movie, which is about family."
The longtime Christian movie critic and reviewer says the only problem is that with the growing number of faith and family films, it's getting harder to pick winners.
View the entire list of winners at the 27th Annual Movieguide Awards