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Kevin Sorbo will present award at Movieguide Gala, Friday, February 10

The 20th Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry will occur this Friday, February 10, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Kevin Sorbo, last year’s host and Grace Award winner, will present one of the many awards given to entertainment industry professionals for positively impacting the world community.

Sorbo is once again a Grace Award nominee for “Most Inspiring Performance in Movies.” This year’s nomination is for his fine portrayal of Holt Blanchard in the faith-based film, “Soul Surfer.”

“Soul Surfer” documents competitive teen surfer Bethany Hamilton’s struggle to regain not just her life, but also her status as a world-class sportswoman following a near-fatal shark attack. Co-writer Sean McNamara, who also directed the film, uses Hamilton’s 2004 biography, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, as the basis for his screenplay.

Sorbo discussed the film during a previous interview with this writer.

“It’s a wonderful story based on the life of Bethany Hamilton,” explained Sorbo. “She was 13-years-old when she was attacked by a 15-foot Tiger Shark while surfing and lost her left arm.

“It is a Triumph-Over-Tragedy story. This young girl was attacked by a shark. She lost her arm! She didn’t wallow in self-pity. She didn’t blame the world. She took this as a sign from God to spread His word. And with news of her attack spreading quickly around the world, she knew this was a gift. At 13!! She jumped back on a surfboard three weeks later and trained herself to surf with one arm. She is 21-years-old now and ranks in the top 10 surfers in the world!

“I played Holt Blanchard, best friend to Tom Hamilton, Bethany’s father played by Dennis Quaid. Holt was in the water with Bethany when the attack took place and saved her life. Doctors said another two minutes later and she would have been dead. She had lost 60% of her blood at that point.”

“Soul Surfer” is nominated for two top awards: the “#1 Family Movie of the Year” and the $100,000 “Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011.”

The annual event recognizes studio executives, producers, directors, actors and writers that reflect MOVIEGUIDE®’s “Best of the Year” movies. It entails several prizes, including the Grace Award for Inspiring Acting, the Faith & Freedom Awards for movies and television programs that positively impact the world community, the John Templeton Foundation supported Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, and Epiphany Prizes for film and television.

Way to go, Kevin!  And good luck, “Soul Surfer!” You’re all winners to us!!

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 (Grace Award photos by Henri Raynaud; “Soul Surfer” photo courtesy of ©TriStar Pictures)

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