Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal among winners of Prism Awards
Six weeks after winning an Oscar, Jeff Bridges picked up another accolade for “Crazy Heart” on Thursday night as he and costar Maggie Gyllenhaal were bestowed Prism Awards, which honor actors, movies and TV shows that “accurately depict and bring attention to substance abuse and mental health issues.”
“Crazy Heart,” the story of an alcoholic singer, also won the award in the substance use category for feature films, while " The Soloist,” in which Jamie Foxx portrayed a street musician battling paranoid schizophrenia, was honored for its depiction of mental health issues.
Television series winners included NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC’s “Law & Order,” AMC’s " Breaking Bad” and CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.”
Two TV movies on Lifetime, “Natalee Holloway” and “Prayers for Bobby,” also collected awards, and a third Lifetime movie, “America,” earned performance honors for Rosie O’Donnell.
Among other programs picking up awards were Nickelodeon’s “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee” for an installment called “Kids in Rehab,” PBS’ ” Betty Ford: The Real Deal” and HBO’s “The Alzheimer’s Project.”
The Prisms, established in 1997, were presented at the Beverly Hills Hotel by the Entertainment Industries Council in association with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the FX network, which will televise the ceremony in the fall.
“Through accurate character portrayals and inspired storytelling, our industry reinforces the importance of those individuals within the care-giving and health fields,” said Brian Dyak, president of the Entertainment Industries Council.
— Lee Margulies