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The Plugged In Show, Episode 222: What We Didn’t Nominate for the Plugged In Movie Awards. Plus, an Interview with Ordinary Angels’ Jon Gunn


The Oscars are just around the corner, and Plugged In’s own movie awards are in full swing. We’ve released all our nominees in four different categories (Kids, Teens, Adults and Best Christian Movie) and are furiously tabulating the winners.

Obviously, you wouldn’t expect our own Plugged In Movie Awards to mirror what we see in the Oscars. Still, you might be surprised at some of our omissions. And on this show, we’ll talk about three of them: Oscar darling Oppenheimer, megahit Barbie and runaway successful Sound of Freedom. Why didn’t those films make the cut? We’ll tell you.

Then we’ll shift gears from last year’s movies to a really nice film coming out this very week. It’s called Ordinary Angels—a movie that stars two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Reacher’s Alan Ritchson. Oh, did I mention that it’s Christian, too?

I had an opportunity to sit down with Ordinary Angels’ director Jon Gunn and talk with him about his movie’s impressive cast, real-world foundations and why he’s attracted to stories with messy people at their core. I really had fun talking with him: Hope you’ll have just as much fun listening in.

And then, once you’re done listening, share your thoughts with us. Did you see a great movie in 2023 that didn’t make our PIMA list—and you feel like it should’ve? Planning on seeing Ordinary Angels? Let us know below. Or talk with us on Facebook and Instagram. Send us an email (at [email protected]) or even leave us a voicemail on our homepage. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Next week, we’ll be talking about music—oh, and a little film called Dune: Part Two. And two weeks from now, mark your calendars to learn who will actually win our coveted Plugged In Movie Awards.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

One Response

  1. I can see why you didn’t nominate it, but speaking just for myself Indiana Jones and the dial of destiny was the best movie I saw from last year with Sound of Freedom, Elemental, The Lost King and Napoleon not too far behind. I would have loved to have seen those movies get some love from you guys, but I realize my movie tastes aren’t always in line with everyone else’s.