may now cast your vote online for your favorite Dove Family-Approved movie of
2009. Click on this link:
http://www.dove.org/cdsballot09.asp The winners in each of 7 categories
ADVENTURE, ANIMATED, COMEDY, DOCUMENTARY, DRAMA, LIMITED RELEASE and MUSICAL
will receive the coveted Crystal Dove Seal trophy. Deadline for voting is
In preparation for this article I Googled the “ten best movies of
2009” and found a mere 2,080,000 entries.
One would think that this
topic has been thoroughly covered. Upon further research, however, I found that
the vast majority of the 2 million plus entries reflect the opinions of single
bloggers. Most of the rest were op-ed pieces written by film “critics.” Not
much consensus there. A few websites reflect collective opinions from voters or
members, such as the American Film Institute (AFI).
Actually, voting is a very credible way of
selecting the best of anything, so long as we acknowledge that the results
reflect the subjective opinions of voters. There are absolutely no objective
criteria where voting is concerned, even if someone can site the tangible basis
for casting their particular vote. So, what separates one “best of” award from
another? The qualifications and commonalities of the voters.
Acclaimed awards like the Critics Choice Awards
and the Golden Globes represent the collective opinion of each group’s
members/voters, most of whom are critics or pundits. Others like the Academy
Awards, Producers’ Guild, Writers’ Guild, and Screen Actors’ Guild Awards
represent peers voting for peers; hardly an objective group.
Voters of their favorite Dove Family Approved
movie of 2009 are joined by a set of common values based on traditional
Judeo-Christian ethics and standards of behavior. Dove voters are mostly
enthusiastic movie-goers who look for quality motion pictures that entertain
Major movie studios and independent filmmakers
value the Crystal Dove Seal. This award is a tribute to you and the hundreds of thousands of
other Dove families who care about making wise entertainment choices and
acknowledging when Hollywood produces movies that reflect their values.
Vote now and we will send you a copy of the
results and the comments of each studio exec. You will also be included in a
special drawing for some pretty nice Dove family approved DVDs.
The polls are now open -