The CAMIE Awards, a Utah-based program honoring "Character And Morality In Entertainment," took its show to Hollywood this year for a gala presentation in the Hollywood Renaissance theater on Jan. 29.
Sixty-seven bronze statuettes were handed out to studios, directors, writers, producers and actors of six CAMIE award-winning films.
Three of the winners were theatrical film releases: "Radio," produced by Revolution Studios; "Miracle," produced by Walt Disney Pictures; and "Saints and Soldiers," produced by Excel Entertainment.
Made-for-TV movies honored were "Fallen Angel" and "Love's Enduring Promise," both from Hallmark, and "Secret Santa," produced by the Polson Co.
Among the actors and directors on hand to receive awards in person were Barbara Billingsley, Jennie Garth, Kirby Heyborne, Peter Holden, Alex Niver, Michael Landon Jr. and Ryan Little.
CAMIE Awards look for "uplifting stories that provide positive role models for building character, overcoming adversity and strengthening families," according to Glen Griffin, chairman of the awards program. To be eligible for a CAMIE, a motion picture must "be presented with sensitivity and without gratuitous violence, or implications that sex outside of marriage is acceptable. Telling stories and entertaining without vulgarity and crudeness is strongly encouraged."
The screening committee and advisory board includes radio personality Sean Hannity, film critic Michael Medved, radio host Laura Schlessinger; entertainer Alan Osmond, Dr. Freda Bush, columnist Marianne Jennings, university students Megan Baer and Xue Lian Duan, Par Ware, Edmund Bak, congressman Chris Cannon, Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan, Shepherd Smith, Father John Bonnici, the Most Reverend Thomas G. Duran, Susan Bower Carlson, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi and Rabbi Daniel Lapin.