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World Film Institute
Landmark 22nd Family Film Awards Turns a Historic Page as we Return to National Television

By Ethel C. Richard Supervising Director of WFI New England (Branch)

Amid a buzzing flurry of thankyous and congratulatory phone calls Dr. Olympia A. Gellini and Roger Neal who are executive producers for the event have announced that the Family Film Awards will return to national television next year.
“The World Film Institute held a completely phenomenal and awesome Family Film Awards event this year. Dr. Olympia Awards Gellini, Founder and President of World Film Institute & Executive Producer of The Family Film Awards with executive producer Roger Neal announced that the annual Family Film Awards will be returning to national television next year. “Get ready for two upcoming awards shows. The Family Film Awards ...Live on network television. (and) Olympia Awards Seven Arts of the World. For the first time in history four (4) great networks together will bring these most important of awards celebrations to the people. Seven Arts of the World 1.Dancing 2. Music 3.Painting 4.Sculpture 5.Literature 6. Theater 7. Cinema.” This year’s events, The 22nd Family Film Awards, took place at the Hilton Hotel Ballroom, Universal City on September 27TH, 2018.

Some Highlights of the Event:
Margaret O’Brien from the classic golden age of Hollywood film receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for Film - an historical award which was not even thought of at the time Margaret first won her Emmy at 6 years old for her role as “Tootee” in “Meet Me in St. Louis” (staring alongside Judy Garland).
Michael Learned Emmy Award winning Star of “The Walton’s” was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Television which was presented by her “television family” members.James Zuley father of Social Media and Marketing Guru Eric Zuley , was honored with receiving the Parents Award and executive producer for The Family Film Awards Roger Neal (and Family) were awarded the Olympia A. Gellini Founder Award for their 35 years outstanding dedicationand service within public relations media, television and other productions within the news and entertainment industries.
Many Celebrities were there including the 13 Grammy Winner/Nominated Pointer Sisters Bonnie and Anita. Live performances abounded by MC Stephen Kramer Glickman (The Night Time Show Podcast), Rebecca Holden, R&B Pop Artist Roger Neal Jr., America’s Pianist Alex Zsolt, The Pointer Sisters, etc.
Some stars were there to receive their award such as Grace McKenna (star of the movie GIFTED) and Will Kemp (star of Hallmark Channels film Royal Matchmaker). Stars also appeared as presenters of awards. Some stars who graced the party are listed here. From the Emmy winning series The Bay – The Series, Katherine Kelly Lang ( The Bold and the Beautiful) , Lee Purcell, Daytime Emmy Winner Kira Reed Lorsch, star of DANGER ONE James Jurdi, actress Katherine Pacino, the voice of Roger Rabbit Charles Fleischer, Sheree J Wilson Dallas, Walker Texas Ranger), Cory Oliver (God’s Not Dead) Ruta Lee, Lydia Cornell( Too Close for Comfort) , Charlene Tilton,( Dallas) Rebecca Holden(Knight Ridder), Ruta Lee, Tracy Bregman Young & The Restless) , Jeremy Miller( Growing Pains) Dawn Wells ( Gilligan’s Island) among others. etc.
The historic party was a sold out huge success.
I am not even going to spoil the page with too many words. Let the photos tell the story...
Here is a full list of the 22nd Family Film Awards winners:

1. OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MINI AND EDUCATIONAL DRAMA/HISTORYSERIES
Genius TV-14 Biography, Drama, History (National Geographic)

2. OUTSTANDING YOUNG TELEVISION FILM ACTOR OR ACTRESS
Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven (Netflix Television Series Stranger Things)
3. OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MINI OR PUBLIC BROADCASTING STATION SERIES- Drama/Educational/History
Johnny Flynn as Young Albert Einstein (Genius)
4. OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MINI OR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
STATION SERIES - Drama/Education/History
Jenna Coleman as Victoria (Victoria)
5. OUTSTANDING TELEVISION FILM
Royal Matchmaker (Hallmark Channel) Director: Mike Rohl
6. OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION FILM
Will Kemp as Sebastian (Royal Matchmaker)
7. OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION FILM
Bethany Joy Lenz as Kate (Royal Matchmaker)
8. OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES -Comedy
Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter (The Big Bang Theory)
9. OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - Comedy
Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Rostenkowski (The Big Bang Theory)
10. OUTSTANDING TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
11. OUTSTANDING FEATURE FILM
Comedy-Drama/Romance - Drama/Mystery. Musicals, Fantasy - Animated (Mixed)
Ferdinand PG 20th Century Fox Director: Carlos Saldanha
12. OUTSTANDING FEATURE FILM (OTHER) MIXED - Drama - Musicals -
History (Non Animated)
The Greatest Showman: 20th Century Fox Director: Michael Gracey
13. OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG FOR A FILM OR FEATURE FILM
TRAILER
“Stand Up for Something” (Marshall) by Diane Warren
14. LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD FOR TELEVISION
Michael Learned
15. OUTSTANDING YOUNG ACTOR OR ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM
Mckenna Grace as Mary Adler (GIFTED)
16. OUTSTANDING FILM DIRECTOR
Bill Condon for Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Pictures)
17. OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM / Adventure, Comedy (Full Animation)
Daisy Ridley as Cottontail (Peter Rabbit – Rascal Rebel Rabbit)
18. OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM / Adventure, Comedy (Full Animation)
Michael Gambon as Uncle Pastuzo (Paddington 2)
19. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR FILM
Margaret O’Brien
20. OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM / Drama (Non Animated)
Michelle Williams as Charity Barnum (The Greatest Showman)
21. OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM / Drama (Non Animated)
Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum (The Greatest Showman)
22. OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM Comedy-Drama/RomanceDrama, Mystery. Fantasy
Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit (A Wrinkle in Time)
23. OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A FEATURE FILM Comedy-Drama/RomanceDrama, Mystery. Fantasy
Eddie Redmayne as Newt (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them)
24. OUTSTANDING FEATURE FILM
Scifi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy (Animated Mixed)
Wonder Woman PG-13 WB Director: Patty Jenkins
25. OUTSTANDING TELEVISION FILM DIRECTOR
Mike Rohl for Royal Matchmaker (Hallmark Channel)
26. OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM /Scifi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman / Diana Prince (Justice League 2017)
27. OUTSTANDING FILM ACTOR / Scifi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)

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