Daily Variety
April 1, 2002

PRISM NOD BEAMS ON OZZY

By Jill Feiwell

If there was any doubt that this is Ozzy Osbourne's year, it should be fading fast.

Latest accolade for the self-proclaimed "bleeping Prince of Darkness" is a Prism Award, bestowed for presenting an accurate depiction of drug, alcohol or tobacco addiction in his new song "Junkie."

The sixth edition of the kudos, held Thursday in Los Angeles, doled out 14 nods that met the aforementioned criteria. Ceremony, presented by the Entertainment Industries Council in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health, was held at CBS Television City.

In the TV arena, nods went to the laffer "My Wife and Kids," sudser "All My Children," dramas "The Division" and "Third Watch" and the mini "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," among others.

Sweeping the feature film category was Ted Demme's drug drama "Blow." Penelope Cruz was on hand to pay tribute to the late director, his wife accepted the award on his behalf.

The Prisms added two new categories this year: music recording or music vid — which went to Osbourne — and the Prism Film Festival Award, which is bestowed upon films that have not yet been released but are playing the festival circuit. Grabbing the latter nod were the pics "Acts of Worship" and "Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial."

Winners were selected out of 56 nominees and 236 submissions. Ceremony was taped for national syndication by Tribune Entertainment and is skedded to air in August.