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April 29, 2004

Entertainment Industry Honored for Accurate Depiction of Drug Use

LOS ANGELES — The eighth annual PRISM Awards Thursday will honor "the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction" in film, television, music, music video, interactive and comic book entertainment.

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.

Actress Mackenzie Phillips will host the ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium. It will be taped to be shown May 16 on cable's FX channel.

The nominated films are "City of God," "Love and Diane," "Thirteen," "21 Grams" and "Wonderland."

The film acting nominees are Benicio Del Toro ("21 Grams"); Holly Hunter ("Thirteen"); Dylan McDermott ("Wonderland"); Nikki Reed ("Thirteen") and Evan Rachel Wood ("Thirteen").

Actors nominated for their performances in television comedy series include Ted Danson for "Becker," Joseph Lawrence for "Run of the House," Donal Logue for "Grounded for Life" and Reba McEntire for "Reba."

In the television comedy series category, episodes are nominated from UPN's "Girlfriends" and "Half & Half," and the WB network's "Grounded for Life," "Reba" and "Run of the House."

For best performance in a TV drama series episode, the nominees are Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue"); Steve Harris ("The Practice"); Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay sharing a nod for "Law & Order: SVU"; Craig T. Nelson for "The District"; and Lori Petty ("NYPD Blue").

For best performance in a drama series with a multi-episode storyline, the contenders are Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under"); Scott Lowell ("Queer as Folk"); Nancy McKeon ("The Division"); Molly Price ("Third Watch"); and Kevin Rahm ("Judging Amy").

Television dramas were nominated for both single episodes -- "Boston Public," "The District," "Law & Order: SVU," "NYPD Blue" and "The Practice" -- and multi-episode storylines -- "The Division," "Judging Amy," "Queer as Folk," "Six Feet Under" and "Third Watch."

"We're encouraged by the increase in the number of television programs and movies that have addressed substance abuse issues during 2003," said Brian Dyak, president and chief executive officer of the Entertainment Industries Council.

"This year's PRISM-nominated productions are not only a reflection of some of the most important issues threatening society today, but they also reflect the determination on the part of the entertainment industry to act responsibly when dealing with these important topics," Dyak said.