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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Top Honor for "Breakthrough"

The Christian film takes home some hardware from a big Nashville awards show.

Josh Lucas, Chrissy Metz and Dennis Haysbert in a scene from "Breakthrough."

Breakthrough, already on tap to be the number one film at the box office this year in the Christian genre, has added another honor: a Dove Award. Put on by the Gospel Music Association, this was the 50th annual show and it handed out statuettes in 42 categories, mostly for music.

In fact, the only non-music award is the one that Breakthrough won, which is for inspirational film of the year. And it claimed that prize against stiff competition, beating out four other quality faith-based pictures: Indivisible, Run the Race, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, and Unplanned. Overcomer, the latest movie from the brother team of Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick, was not nominated and we will boldy assume that is because it came out too late in the year, not because it was considered unworthy.

Breakthrough, which stars Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace, Dennis Haysbert, Josh Lucas and Marcel Ruiz, tells the true story of a Missouri boy who drowned and was brought back to life through the power of prayer. A project from Christian producer DeVon Franklin, it earned $40.7 million at the North American box office, putting it well out in front of Overcomer, which will claim second place, once its theatrical run finishes, with somewhere north of $34 million.

Even though the 50th GMA Dove Awards have already taken place, you still have a chance to catch the show, because it doesn't air until this weekend. The event will be broadcast Sunday, October 20th at 8PM EDT/5PM PDT on TBN.


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