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Dolly Parton Receives Christian Film Organization's Grace Award

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MovieGuide, a Christian organization that provides film reviews written with believers in mind, has awarded Dolly Parton its Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance for her role in Netflix's Dolly Parton's Christmas on The Square.

According to CBN, Ted Baehr founded MovieGuide around 40 years ago to warn theater-goers of nudity, swearing, violence and other sins in Hollywood productions. It awards family-friendly films through its Movies That Inspire awards show, which was held virtually this year and broadcast on Easter Sunday by the Reelz channel.

Parton, a film star since 1980's 9 to 5, never shies away from sharing her faith in Jesus Christ, her belief in the Bible and her East Tennessee upbringing.

"I talk a lot about faith and family because my grandpa was a preacher, my mother was very, very spiritual, so I grew up very spiritual and I'm a spiritual person, myself," Parton said during the broadcast. "I really have a lot of faith, and I thank God every day for everything good that happens to me, and I pray for guidance."

The singer's Christian worldview shines through just as bright in the Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors films and the Netflix series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings. Indeed, Heartstrings: These Old Bones won the 2020 Faith and Freedom Award for its uplifting message.

Disney+ football movie Safety was named the Best Movie for Families, while Tom Hanks' Greyhound won Best Movie for Mature Audiences.

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MovieGuide also honored Infidel with its Faith and Freedom Award and I Still Believe (the true story of Christian singer Jeremy Camp, his faith and his wife's battle with cancer) with its Epiphany Prize.

"I appreciate (the Movieguide Awards) and everything that you do to help educate both Hollywood and and the general public on movies that uplift and inspire and and model a Christian worldview and and the transformational power of Christianity," I Still Believe director Jon Erwin says.

"I just think that there's such power in the truth," Erwin continues. "You just can't argue with the transformation in someone's life that Christianity brings, that the Gospel brings. I love it when someone watches the movies and says, 'If that can happen to that person, maybe it can happen to me.' In this case, if the person on the screen can achieve their dreams, maybe the person watching can, too. That's why we love inspirational, true stories."

Other films given the MovieGuide stamp of approval on Easter include Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.

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