Movieguide Awards: 'Mary Poppins Returns,' 'Spider-Verse' Among Nominees (Exclusive)

12:13 PM 1/9/2019

by Kimberly Nordyke

The awards, honoring "well-made and uplifting" films and TV series, will be handed out Feb. 8 in a ceremony set to air on Hallmark Channel later in the month.

'Mary Poppins Returns' (left), 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
'Mary Poppins Returns' (left), 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
Walt Disney Pictures; Sony Pictures Animation

Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Grinch and Ralph Breaks the Internet are among the films nominated for the 27th annual Movieguide Awards.

The awards, which honor movies and TV series that are "both well-made and uplifting," will be handed out at a ceremony set for Feb. 8 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles that will air on Hallmark Channel later in the month.

Those four pics will compete for a $25,000 prize (supported by a grant from the Ware Foundation) for best family movie of the year alongside God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, I Can Only Imagine, Incredibles 2, Paddington 2, Peter Rabbit and Paul, Apostle of Christ.

"These movies are not only family-friendly, entertaining and well crafted," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide, which reviews movies for parents and family audiences. "They also have strong stories which reveal the good, the true and the beautiful. That’s what the Movieguide Awards are all about."

Other honors will include best movie for mature audiences, the Epiphany Prizes for most inspiring movie and television program, the Faith & Freedom Awards for movies and television and the Grace Awards for most Inspiring performance in movies and television.

Also at the Feb. 8 gala, Baehr will present highlights of Movieguide's 2019 Report to the Entertainment Industry, which analyzes all films from the major and independent studios in regard to their box office performance and each movie’s content across thousands of data points. This annual report is described as "a barometer of what kinds of stories and messages deliver the best box office returns."

A full list of nominees follows.

  • Best Movies for Families

    'Mary Poppins Returns'
    'Mary Poppins Returns'
    Courtesy of Disney

    God’s Not Dead: A  Light in Darkness
    The Grinch
    I Can Only Imagine
    Incredibles 2
    Mary Poppins Returns
    Paddington 2
    Paul, Apostle of Christ
    Peter Rabbit
    Ralph Breaks the Internet
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • Best Movies for Mature Audiences

    'Ant-Man and the Wasp'
    'Ant-Man and the Wasp'
    Courtesy of Marvel Studios

    Ant-Man and the Wasp
    Chappaquiddick
    Jurassic World:  Fallen Kingdom
    Little Pink House
    Mission: Impossible – Fallout
    A Quiet Place
    Skyscraper
    Solo: A Star Wars Story
    Unbroken: Path to Redemption
    Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

  • Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie

    'The Grinch'
    'The Grinch'
    Courtesy of Illumination and Universal Pictures

    God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
    The Grinch
    I Can Only Imagine
    Paul, Apostle of Christ
    Unbroken: Path to Redemption

  • Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Television Program

    'Manifest'
    'Manifest'
    Peter Kramer/NBC/Warner Brothers

    Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey (Fox Network)
    Daredevil: Episode 3.13, “A New Napkin” (Netflix)
    Elvis Presley: The Searchers: Part I and Part II (HBO)
    Manifest: Pilot Episode (NBC-TV)
    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Episode 5.22, “The End” (ABC Entertainment)
    Medal of Honor: “Hiroshi Hershey Miyamura” (Netflix)
    A Shoe Addict’s Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
    When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas (Hallmark Channel)

  • Faith & Freedom Award for Movies

    'Paddington 2'
    'Paddington 2'
    Jay Maidment/Warner Bros.

    Ant-Man and the Wasp
    Chappaquiddick
    Incredibles 2
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
    Little Pink House
    Paddington 2

  • Faith & Freedom Award for Television

    'Daredevil'
    'Daredevil'
    Nicole Rivelli/Netflix

    Daredevil: Episode 3.13, “A New Napkin”
    Manifest: Pilot Episode
    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Episode 5.22, “The End”
    Medal of Honor: “Hiroshi Hershey Miyamura”

  • Grace Award Nominees for Movies

    John Krasinski in 'A Quiet Place'
    John Krasinski in 'A Quiet Place'
    Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures

    God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
    David A.R. White

    I Can Only Imagine
    Dennis Quaid
    J. Michael Finley

    Paul, Apostle of Christ
    Jim Caviezel

    A, Quiet Place
    John Krasinski
    Emily Blunt

    Unbroken: Path to Redemption
    Samuel Hunt
    Merritt Patterson
     

  • Grace Award Nominees for Television

    Chloe Bennet in 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
    Chloe Bennet in 'Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
    ABC

    Little Women
    Emily Watson

    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:  Episode 5.22, “The End”
    Henry Simmons
    Chloe Bennet

    Daredevil: Episode 3.13, “A New Napkin”
    Joanne Whalley

    A Shoe Addict’s Christmas
    Candace Cameron Bure
    Jean Smart

    When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas
    Lori Loughlin