April 30, 2004

Prism Awards Go to Krause, McEntire

LOS ANGELES — The Eighth Annual Prism Awards, presented for accurate portrayals of drug, alcohol and tobacco use within entertainment programming, were spread around a variety of networks and performances in the television categories.

Peter Krause of HBO's "Six Feet Under" won an acting award for performance in a drama series multi-episode story line, while Dennis Franz of ABC's "NYPD Blue" won for performance in a drama series single episode. Reba McEntire won the comedy performance award for The WB's "Reba." The TV movie or miniseries kudos went to Thora Birch and Kelly Lynch of the Lifetime movie "Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story."

On a series level, the comedy prize for a single episode went to The WB's "Girlfriends" for the episode titled "Blood is Thicker Than Alcohol," with an anti-smoking arc on CBS' "Becker" scoring the multi-episode win.

On the drama side, the "Down the Hatch" episode of ABC's "The Practice" and the "Choice" episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" won for single episode, while a multi-episode arc on Showtime's "Queer as Folk" was also singled out.

Lifetime's "On Thin Ice" was lauded in the TV movie or miniseries category.

Feature prizes went to indie favorite "City of God" for theatrical release and to "Thirteen" star Evan Rachel Wood for performance in a theatrical release.