April 5, 2001

'Traffic' Lauded for Drug Portrait

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Traffic," the gritty drug trafficking drama, was honored Wednesday with a Prism Award for offering the most realistic portrayal of drug, alcohol or tobacco use of any theatrical film this past year.

"Traffic" also raked in four Oscars at last month's Academy Awards, for best director Steven Soderbergh, best supporting actor for Benicio Del Toro, best adapted screenplay for Stephen Gaghan and film editing.

The Prism Awards are given to members of the television. Feature film and comic book entertainment industries for their accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction.

The awards are presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health.

The program was taped for national syndication by Tribune Entertainment and is scheduled to air in August.

Other winners include HBO's "Sex and the City" for episodes on quitting smoking' the NBC soap opera "Days of Our Lives" for a story line on fetal alcohol syndrome; and the Montel Williams Show on UPN for its episode "Deadly Party Drugs."