Daily Variety
May 9, 2003

'Mac,' 'ER' shine at Prism nods

By Breanne Brady

"ER" and "The Bernie Mac Show" took top kudos Thursday at the seventh annual Prism Awards, which honor accurate depictions of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in entertainment. Event at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater in Hollywood was taped to air May 25 on FX.

This year's program saw the addition of an individual performance category. Val Kilmer took the trophy on the film side for his portrayal of a man in the morass of drug culture in "Salton Sea," while Neve Campbell won for her portrayal of F. Scott Fitzgerald's secretary in telepic "Last Call." For TV series Bernie Mac took the comedy prize for his perf on "The Bernie Mac Show," and Tim Matheson and John Spencer won for performance in a drama series for "The West Wing."

The Prisms were presented by the Entertainment Industries Council in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Helmer Harold Becker presented a Heritage Award to James Woods for his perfs in "My Name is Bill W" and the Becker-directed "The Boost." Past Heritage Awards have gone to Michael Keaton and Kathy Baker.

Tribune prexy-CEO Dick Askin received the Larry Stewart Leadership & Inspiration Award for his support of EIC in delivering drug-related messages to the viewing public.

Other categories included talkshow episode, won by "The Ricki Lake Show" for its seg on ephedra, and music recording, which went to Kenny Chesney for his ditty "The Good Stuff," amd Ivan Neville's "Ode to 5 a.m."

For a complete list of Prism winners see Variety.com/prism2003.