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Monday, May 3, 2010

Crazy Heart Update Prism Award Winner

Prism Award Winners Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in “Crazy Heart.”

In the last year there have been a couple of award winning movies that have dealt with addiction as well as mental disabilities. It is very difficult to accurately portray addiction in films for a number of reasons. If you do not know an alcoholic or an addict then it would be difficult to gauge whether or not a movie is an accurate depiction of the disease. Sadly, there probably is not one person on the planet who has not been touched in one way or another by the fallout of another's addiction. As Hollywood moves into the future, the subjects that they are tackling are hitting closer to home for many families in America.

In March we recognized the movie "Crazy Heart" starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal, portrayed the struggles of one alcoholic musician (Jeff Bridges) as he attempts to get sober. The film won two Oscars as well as many other significant awards that endorse the films achievements. "Crazy Heart" was just honored in the annual Prism Awards for its accurate portrayal of the disease of addiction, the Hollywood Reporter reported April 22. The "Soloist", starring Jamie Fox as a mentally disabled musician who is trying to find his way back into society, also received a Prism award for its accurate depiction of mental illness.

Here are all the Prism Award winners:

Feature Film - Substance Use

Crazy Heart
(Fox Searchlight Pictures / Informant Media / Butcher's Run Films)

Feature Film - Mental Health

The Soloist
(Paramount Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures / Working Title Films)

Performance in a Feature Film

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
(Fox Searchlight Pictures / Informant Media / Butcher's Run Films)

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
(Fox Searchlight Pictures / Informant Media / Butcher's Run Films)

Comedy Series

How I Met Your Mother - "Last Cigarette Ever"
(CBS Entertainment / 20th Century Fox Television / Bays-Thomas)

Performance in a Comedy Series

Hector Elizondo, Monk
(USA Network / Mandeville Films / ABC Studios)

Tony Shalhoub, Monk
(USA Network / Mandeville Films / ABC Studios)

Drama Series Episode - Substance Use

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit - "Hammered"
(NBC Entertainment / Universal Media Studios / Wolf Films)

Drama Series Episode - Mental Health

Law and Order - "Exchange"
(NBC Entertainment / Universal Media Studios / Wolf Films)

Performance in a Drama Episode

Timothy Hutton, Leverage
(TNT / Electric Entertainment)

Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline

Breaking Bad: Season 2
(AMC / Sony Pictures Television)

Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline

Kevin McKidd, Grey's Anatomy
(ABC Entertainment / ABC Studios / Shondaland / Mark Gordon Co.)

TV Movie or Miniseries

Natalee Holloway
(Lifetime Television / Von Zerneck Sertner Films / Sony Pictures Television)

Prayers for Bobby
(Lifetime Television / Sladek Taaffe Productions / Once Upon a Time films / Permut Presentations)

Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries

Rosie O'Donnell, America
(Lifetime Television / The Sanitsky Company / Sony Pictures Television)

Daytime Drama Series

One Life to Live: Cole Thornhart: Breaking Point
(ABC Daytime)

Talk Show Episode

Dr. Phil - "OCD"
(CBS Television Distribution / Peteski Productions)

News Magazine Segment

ESPN Outside the Lines - "Tony Mandarich"

Teen or Children's Program

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee - "Kids in Rehab"
(Nickelodeon / Lucky Duck Productions)

Documentary Program - Substance Use

Vanguard - "The OxyContin Express"
(Current TV)

Documentary Program - Mental Health

The Alzheimer's Project
(HBO Documentary Films / Planet Grande Pictures)

Biographical Program

Betty Ford: The Real Deal
(PBS / MacNeil Lehrer Productions)

Unscripted Non-Fiction Program

The Celebrity Apprentice - "Episode 805"
(NBC Entertainment / Mark Burnett Productions)

Music or Music Video

Half of Us: When I Can't Take It - "La Di Da"

Public Service Project

The Recovery Project
(A&E Network)

Comic Book or Graphic Novel

New Avengers: The Reunion
(Marvel Entertainment)

Luna Park
(Vertigo Comics/ DC Comics)

The Prism awards are given annually by the Entertainment Industries Council and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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