This is an excerpt from the Adoption at the Movies awards post, you can see all of the winners here.
Welcome to the Third Annual Adoption at the Movies Awards! As mainstream Hollywood gets ready for the big awards later this week, the readers of Adoption at the Movies voted to honor the films that were entertaining, uplifting, and adoption-friendly. The winners were selected by the readers of Adoption at the Movies. Last year’s biggest awards went to Disney’s Big Hero 6.
Which films will be honored this year? Read on!
Best Foster or Adoptive Family
Adoptive and foster families have shown up with surprising frequency in recent movies. Real-life adoptive and foster families are often nervous when a film presents adoption – will it be treated fairly and positively, or will the film fall on negative stereotypes? The readers of Adoption at the Movies honor these cinematic adoptive and foster families that captured the love that makes an adoptive or foster family a good place to grow up.
The Nominees for Best Foster or Adoptive Family are…
Dave Seville, Alvin, Simon and Theodore from Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
After years and years, Dave finally makes a permanent, lifelong commitment to Alvin, Simon, and Theodore – and his decision is made out of a motivation to meet the boys’ needs for a sense of permanency!
Mary Anne Creed and Adonis Johnson from Creed.
Mary Anne finds Adonis in a hard place. Adonis was the product of an affair that Mary Anne’s husband had, years ago. Now widowed, Mary Anne has sought out Adonis, and has become his family.
Aunt Bailey, Jerrica, Kimber, Aja and Shana from Jem and the Holograms.
After they’ve lost their parents, Aunt Bailey brings her two nieces into her home, where they become family with Bailey and her two foster daughters. The four girls stick together through some very big adventures that center around Jerrica as she becomes a rock star, and as she tries to figure out what she believes is a message from her dad.
Yoriko and Anna Sasaki from When Marnie was There.
This foster family struggles to discuss an uncomfortable aspect of foster care, but find that when they do discuss it, the truth brings healing. All along the way, the love of Yoriko for Anna – and vice versa – is very evident!
And the winner is…
We have a tie in this category! The winners for Best Adoptive or Foster Family, as voted by the readers of Adoption at the Movies, are Mary Anne Creed and Adonis Johnson from Creed, and Dave Seville, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore from The Chipmunks Movie: Road Chip.
More Adoption at the Movies Awards
This is only one of seven categories that were awarded during this year’s Adoption at the Movies awards. Other categories included: Best Role Model, Best Adoptive or Foster Parent, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Animated Film, and Film of the Year. To see all of the winners, visit the full awards post here.
About the Author: Addison Cooper is a licensed clinical social worker who writes reviews of adoption-related movies to help families use movies to improve their communication about adoption. This is the third year he has allowed us to share his awards, you can see the 2015 awards here. You can find Addison on Google + and Twitter.