Winners of the 10th Annual PRISM Awards include Walk the Line, a film portraying the life of singer Johnny Cash and his battle with drug addiction. The awards, cosponsored by NIDA, the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., and Fox Broadcasting Company's FX Network, recognize accurate depictions of substance abuse and addiction in television, feature film, video, music, and comic book entertainment.
"What films and TV shows do is help to put a face on the issue of substance abuse and addiction, helping the public to better understand how addiction affects the addict and how treatment can lead to hope," says NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow, who cohosted the award ceremony in Los Angeles on April 27.
Walk the Line, a feature from Fox 2000 Pictures, Tree Line Films, and Catfish Productions, was singled out in the "feature film wide release" category.
Other award recipients include:
- The "Off the Tracks" episode of Without a Trace (TV drama episode);
- Saturday Night Live (TV comedy episode);
- Several episodes of Reba (TV comedy multi-episode storyline);
- Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork and Mindy (TV movie or mini series);
- The Montel Williams Show entitled "Drug Abuse: Rebuilding a Family"(TV talk show episode);
- Kelly Rowan in The O.C. (performance in a drama episode);
- Georgia Engel in Everybody Loves Raymond (performance in a comedy series);
- S. Epatha Merkerson in Lackawanna Blues (performance in a TV movie); and
- Lori Loughlin in Summerland (performance in a drama multiepisode storyline).
The 10th Annual PRISM Awards will air as a 1-hour TV special on the FX Network.