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Prism casts light on drug use

Awards praise films, TV shows

“Thank You for Smoking” and “Sherrybaby” drew the top film nods Tuesday at the 11th annual Prism Awards, which honor accurate portrayals of alcohol and drug use in movies and TV shows.

Fox Searchlight’s “Smoking” was recognized in the wide-release film category, while IFC Films’ “Sherrybaby” prevailed in the limited-release heat in the awards presented by the Entertainment Industries Council at a ceremony held at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Winners in the various TV categories included Fox’s “Family Guy” and “House,” ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and NBC’s “ER.” “Augusta, Gone” and “Our Very Own,” whose stars Keith Carradine and Allison Janney also drew awards, won for TV movie/miniseries in a tie. The Larry Stewart leadership and inspiration nod went to NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly.

Other winners included Judith Light for her guest-star turn on ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and PBS newsmag “Frontline” for its report “The Meth Epidemic.”

The “American Dad After School Special” episode of Fox’s animated sitcom “American Dad” was the clear-headed choice for the award in the mental health category.

Joan and Melissa Rivers were feted with the Heritage laurel for their 1994 telepic “Starting Again,” about how they coped with the 1987 suicide of Joan Rivers’ husband, Edgar Rosenberg.

HBO was honored with the Entertainment Industries Council’s President’s Award for its recent multiplatform docu series “Addiction.”

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