"Mr. Holland's Opus," the heartwarming tale of a music teacher's 30-year odyssey at a public high school, won six Family Film Awards nominations this week, passing up "Babe" and "Apollo 13" as the most-honored movie.
Television movies and shows nominated for awards include ABC's "The Canterville Ghost," NBC's "3rd Rock From the Sun" and the Disney Channel's "Avon-lea."Winners will be announced in a live broadcast on CBS on Aug. 22. The winners will be decided by a national polling of moviegoers and television viewers. Audiences may also cast votes via a yet-undetermined 800 phone number.
This is the inaugural year of the Family Film Awards, which will be handed out annually by the nonprofit World Film Institute. The ceremony in August will be produced by Dick Clark Productions and bankrolled, in part, by Prime-star digital satellite service.
Other feature films nominated for awards are: "Indian in the Cupboard," "James and the Giant Peach," "Toy Story," "Jumanji" and "Pocahontas." Other TV shows are "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Lois & Clark," "Home Improvement," "The Simpsons" and "Murder, She Wrote."