March 11, 2004

'Thirteen' Shines Through Prism Nominees

LOS ANGELES ( — Fox Searchlight's "Thirteen" struck a chord with the folks at the Entertainment Industries Council.

The nonprofit group has nominated the film for three Prism awards, which recognize outstanding efforts in the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in film, television, interactive, comic books, music, and video entertainment.

"Thirteen," co-written by teenage Nikki Reed and director Catherine Hardwicke, centers on Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood), who befriends popular bad-girl Evie (Reed) and begins a downward spiral of wild behavior, petty crimes and drug abuse. Her mother Mel (Holly Hunter) is frantically trying to get her daughter under control, while tending to her own problems.

"Thirteen" received Prism nods for best feature film and its performances by Hunter, Reed and Wood.

Also competing for best picture honors are "City of God," "Love and Diane," "21 Grams" and "Wonderland." Benicio del Toro and Dylan McDermot will take on the "Thirteen" gang in the best performance category for their roles in "21 Grams" and "Wonderland," respectively.

Nominees for the Prism film festival include: "Beautiful Kid," "Happy Hour," "Junked" and "Swimming Upstream."

Prism Award winners are selected for their entertainment value, accessibility of their message, and scientific accuracy, through a submission and review process by members of the creative community and scientific experts.

The 8th annual Prism Awards will be handed out Thursday, April 29 in Hollywood and will be telecast on FX on Sunday, May 16. For a complete listing of nominees, including those in the TV and music categories, visit