NIH News Advisory
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Friday, May 10, 2002
12:01 a.m. EDT

Michelle Person
Blair Gately
(301) 443-6245

"Blow" Receives Top Honors at 6th Annual Prism Awards™
"My Wife and Kids," "The Division," "Third Watch," and Ozzy Osbourne's "Junkie" Also Receive PRISM Nods
Los Angeles, May 9, 2002 — "Blow," starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, received the PRISM Award in the Theatrical Feature Film category at the 6th Annual PRISM Awards™ held today at CBS Television City today. Other PRISMs were awarded to ABC's "My Wife and Kids" and "All My Children," Lifetime's "The Division," NBC's "Third Watch," and ABC's "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows." A PRISM also went to Ozzy Osbourne for his song "Junkie" in the Music Recording or Music Video category, one of two new categories to receive a PRISM this year. Independent films "Acts of Worship" and "Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial" were the recipients of the other new category, the PRISM Film Festival Award, which is presented to films that have not yet been released but are playing the festival circuit. In total, 14 winners were selected out of 56 nominees and 236 submissions.

Penelope Cruz presented a special tribute to director Ted Demme as part of the "Blow" feature film nod. Demme's wife Amanda accepted on behalf of the late filmmaker. Radio legend Casey Kasem, the voice of the PRISM Awards, introduced the new music category, and Meredith Brooks performed the song "Shine" from her upcoming album.

Additional presenters included Thora Birch, David Carradine, Erika Christensen, Barbara Eden, Donald Faison, Dennis Leary, Kelly Lynch, Christopher McDonald, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Danny Trejo, Jim Turner, and Julie Warner. The ceremony was taped for national syndication by Tribune Entertainment and will air in August.

The PRISM Awards, which honor the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction in television, feature film, music, and comic book entertainment, are presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health.

Recipients of the 6th Annual PRISM Awards were:

Theatrical Feature Film
Blow (New Line Cinema/Apostle Pictures/Spanky Productions)

PRISM Film Festival Award (tie)
Acts of Worship (Manifesto Films/Worship Productions)
Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial

TV Comedy Series Episode
My Wife and Kids — "Grassy Knoll" (Touchstone Television/ABC Entertainment)

TV Drama Series Episode
The Division — "Intervention" (Viacom Productions/Lifetime Television)

TV Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
Third Watch — "Bobby's Death" (Warner Bros. Television/John Wells Prods./NBC Entertainment)

TV Daytime Drama Series Episode or Storyline
All My Children — "Ecstasy and Agony: Laura's Trip" (ABC Daytime)

TV Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special
Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (Alliance Atlantis Television/Storyline Entertainment/IN-Motion and GO Movie and TV Productions/ABC Entertainment)

TV Children's Series Episode or Special
In The Mix — "Ecstasy" (Castle Works, Inc./Public Broadcasting Service)

TV Documentary or Newsmagazine Series Episode or Special
True Life — "I Can't Breathe" (MTV News & Documentaries/Arnold Worldwide/Massachusetts Department of Public Health/MTV Network)

TV Talk Show Series Episode
The Ananda Lewis Show — "Clearing the Air: Christy Turlington Talks About Smoking" (King World Productions)

TV Biographical Reality Series Episode or Special
Biography — "Charlie Sheen: Born to Be Wild" (Van Ness Films/Arts & Entertainment Network)

Music Recording or Music Video
Junkie — Ozzy Osbourne (Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment)

TV Community Service Effort
CBS Cares (CBS Television Network)

PRISM Commendations and Certificates of Merit were given to the remaining nominees and other productions in each category. A complete list can be found at

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