LOS ANGELES, CA, April 22, 2010-- Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosie O'Donnell, Tony Shalhoub, Hector Elizondo, Timothy Hutton and Kevin McKidd received PRISM Awards for individual performances in film and television at the 14th Annual PRISM Awards ceremony which was held today at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The PRISM Awards, which is produced by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and FX Network, honor actors, movies, music, media and television's top shows that accurately depict and bring attention to substance abuse and mental health issues.
"The PRISM Awards recognizes and applauds the remarkable efforts that have been contributed by our creative community. We salute those in the entertainment industry that promote informational truths in their work to improve the lives of the audiences they entertain," said Brian Dyak, EIC's President and CEO. "Through accurate character portrayals and inspired storytelling, our industry reinforces the importance of those individuals within the care giving and health fields."
Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal were selected in the Performance in a Feature Film category for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Crazy Heart. The film also received an award for Feature Film Substance Use. Rosie O'Donnell received an award in Performance in a TV Movie or Mini-series category for Lifetime Television's America, Hector Elizondo and Tony Shalhoub for Performance in a Comedy Series for USA Network's Monk; Timothy Hutton for Performance in a Drama Episode for TNT's Leverage; and Kevin McKidd for Performance in a Drama Multi-Episode Storyline in ABC Entertainment's Grey's Anatomy.
Crazy Heart and The Soloist were recognized for movie honors, while How I Met Your Mother, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Law and Order, Breaking Bad, Dr. Phil, The Celebrity Apprentice and others were recognized in television categories.
"As we, at SAMHSA work to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities, one of our highest priorities involves raising public awareness and support for the power of prevention, treatment, and recovery. Congratulations to all the PRISM award winners and nominees whose outstanding productions and performances depict the realities of addiction and mental illness and the power of treatment and recovery with accuracy and sensitivity," said Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., Administrator of SAMHSA.
(For a complete list of award recipients, please click on the following link: www.eiconline.org).
Award presenters included Danny Arroyo (General Hospital: Night Shift), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Tobin Bell (Saw movies), Michaela Conlin (Bones), Barbara Eden, Candy Finnigan (Intervention), Larry Hagman, Carolyn Hennessy (Cougar Town), Michele Lee, Melora Hardin (The Office), Jennifer Gimenez (Sober House), Sharon Lawrence, Vanessa Lengies (HawthoRNe), Kate Linder (The Young & The Restless), LeToya Luckett (Destiny's Child), Garry Marshall (Director), Dr. Lisa M. Masterson (The Doctors), Ryan McPartlin (Chuck), Curt Menefee (Fox NFL Sunday), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) , Nancy O'Dell, Dr. Andrew P. Ordon (The Doctors), Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Mackenzie Phillips (Celebrity Rehab), Dr. Drew Pinsky (Celebrity Rehab/Sober House), Catt Sadler (E! Daily 10), John Salley (The Best Damn Sports Show Ever), Dr. James M. Sears (The Doctors), Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie), Henry Simmons (Shark/The Cleaner), Dr. Travis Stork (The Doctors), Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Shadoe Stevens (The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill) Steve Wilkos (The Steve Wilkos Show) and Vanessa Williams.
Honorees for the PRISM Awards are selected by an 80-person committee of entertainment industry professionals and technical experts from the fields of medicine, mental health and addiction.
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