Julia Roberts, Allison Janney, Chandra Wilson Big Winners at 18th Annual Prism Awards

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Allison Janney at the Prism Awards

"Scandal," "Elementary," "Blue Bloods," and "Nurse Jackie" were among the shows honored for their depictions of mental illness and substance use.

A who's who in television and entertainment came together at the Skirball Cultural Center on Tuesday to recognize authentic depictions of mental health and substance abuse.

Allison Janney, who won for best performance in a comedy series for her role in CBS' Mom, told The Hollywood Reporter that she's grateful that her series covers so many important social issues. "I wasn’t afraid to jump into the world of addiction and recovery, because it's an issue that's near to me."

Presented by the Entertainment Industries Council, the Prism Awards honor writers, producers, directors and actors for their depictions of mental illness and substance use issues in movies and television. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experiences mental illness in a given year.

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Most of the talent on Tuesday's red carpet agreed that social issues like mental illness and drug use certainly hit close to home. Jaclyn Betham from The Haves and Have Nots (OWN) said the Prism Awards bring an important awareness. "I was anorexic growing up and I had to go to rehab and people don't realize that addiction and mental illness is a sickness. Whether it's drug addiction or anorexia, schizophrenia or bipolar. Whatever the issue, it should be treated as a sickness and not frowned upon," she told THR.

"For most of us, you don't have to look very far to find someone who’s really struggling with alcohol addiction, drug abuse or mental illness, said actress Nikki DeLoach from MTV’s Awkward. DeLoach told THR she has family members on both sides who have battled with their own personal struggles. 

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Attendees at last night’s event also included Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson, Lea ThompsonRobert Patrick, Alicia WittKatie LinderTasha Smith, Tim Matheson, Alison Haislip, Brody Stevens, Greer Grammer and Ernie Hudson. 

The feature film performance award went to Julia Roberts for her role in August: Osage County, but she was not able to accept the honor in person.  

The Prism Awards hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky will air nationally on FX in September during National Recovery Month.

See below for a complete list of the winners:


Feature Film – Substance Use

The Spectacular Now

Director: James Ponsoldt

Writers: Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber

Producers: Tom McNulty, Andrew Lauren, Michelle Krumm, Shawn Levy

(A24 / 21 Laps / Andrew Lauren Productions / Global Produce)Feature Film – Mental Health



Director: Jono Oliver

Writer: Jono Oliver

Producers: Daniela Barbosa, Jono Oliver, Ged Dickersin


(Tribal Blues, Inc. / Mountaintop Productions / The Home Film Group LLC / Entertainment One)


Performance in a Feature Film

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

(The Weinstein Company / Jean Doumanian Productions)


Comedy Series Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline

Nurse Jackie: Season 5

(Showtime Network / Lionsgate Television / Jackson Group Entertainment / Madison Grain Elevator / De Long Lumber / Caryn Mandabach Productions)

Executive producers: Clyde Phillips, Richie Jackson, Caryn Mandabach

Writers: Clyde Phillips, Tom Straw, Liz Flahive, Michael Davidoff, Bill Rosenthal, Cindy Caponera, Abe Sylvia, Daniele Nathanson, Gina Gold, Aurorae Khoo

Directors: Randall Einhorn, John Cameron Mitchell, Romeo Tirone, Seith Mann, Jesse Peretz


Performance in a Comedy Series

Allison Janney, Mom

(CBS Entertainment / Warner Bros. Television / Chuck Lorre Productions)


Drama Series Episode – Substance Use

Scandal – “Snake in the Garden”

(ABC Entertainment / ABC Studios / Shondaland)

Executive Producers: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Wilding

Writer: Raamla Mohamed

Director: Ron Underwood


Drama Series Episode – Mental Health

Blue Bloods – “Front Page News”

(CBS Entertainment / CBS Television Studios / Panda Productions / Paw in Your Face Productions / Eye Productions)

Executive producers: Ian Biederman, Leonard Goldberg, Kevin Wade

Writer: Dawn DeNoon

Director: Robert Harmon


Performance in a Drama Series Episode

Will Estes, Blue Bloods

(CBS Entertainment / CBS Television Studios / Panda Productions / Paw in Your Face Productions / Eye Productions)


Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline – Substance Use

Elementary: Sherlock’s Recovery

Episodes: “A Giant Gun, Filled With Drugs” / “Dead Man’s Switch” / “The Woman” / “Heroine” / “Internal Audit”

(CBS Entertainment / CBS Television Studios / Hill of Beans Productions / Timberman-Beverly Productions)

Executive producers: Robert Doherty, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Craig Sweeny

Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff, Liz Friedman, Christopher Silber, Robert Doherty, Craig Sweeny, Bob Goodman

Directors: Guy Ferland, Larry Teng, Seith Mann, John Polson, Jerry Levine


Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline – Mental Health

Parenthood – “Small Victories” / “Let’s Be Mad Together” / “Election Day”

(NBC Entertainment / Universal Television / Imagine Television / Mad Jack Productions)

Executive Producers: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Jason Katims, Lawrence Trilling, David Hudgins

Writers: Jessica Goldberg, Jason Katims, Sarah Watson

Directors: Dylan K. Massin, Lawrence Trilling, Peter Krause


Male Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline

Justin Chambers, Grey’s Anatomy

(ABC Entertainment / ABC Studios / Shondaland / Mark Gordon Co.)


Female Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline

Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

(ABC Entertainment / ABC Studios / Shondaland / Mark Gordon Co.)


Daytime Drama Series Storyline

Days of Our Lives: Brady’s Addiction

Episodes: #12225, 12242 - 12244

(NBC Entertainment / Sony Pictures Television / Corday Productions Inc.)

Executive producer: Ken Corday

Writers: Gary Tomlin, Christopher Whitesell

Directors: Albert Alarr, Grant Johnson, Phil Sogard, Herb Stein, Steven Williford


TV Movie or Miniseries

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

(Lifetime Television / Sony Pictures Television)

Executive producers: Jennifer Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy, Francesca Silvestri

Writers: Erin Cressida Wilson, Stephen Godchaux, Howard J. Morris, Jan Oxenberg, Deirdre O’Connor

Directors: Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sharon Maguire, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd


Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries

Agnes Bruckner, Anna Nicole

(Lifetime Television / Sony Pictures Television / Peace Out Productions / Storyline Entertainment)


Ensemble Performance in a TV Movie

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Octavia Spencer, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, Lea Thompson, Mitch Rouse

(Lifetime Television / Sony Pictures Television)


Original Internet Programming

Lauren: Season 2


Executive producers: Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia, Jake Avnet

Writers: Jay Rodan, Jon Avnet

Director: Jon Avnet


Performance in an Internet Program

Troian Bellisario, Lauren



Teen or Children’s Program

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee – “Worried Sick: Living with Anxiety”

(Nickelodeon / Lucky Duck Productions)

Executive Producers: Linda Ellerbee, Rolfe Tessem


Talk Show Episode

The Doctors – “New Heroin Debate”

(CBS Television Distribution / Stage 29 Productions)

Executive producers: Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, Patricia Ciano, Jeff Hudson

Director: Lynn Creagan Hermstad


Feature Film Documentary

The Anonymous People

(4th Dimension Productions LLC)

Director: Greg Williams

Writers: Jeff Reilly, Aaron Cohen, Greg Williams, Bud Mikhitarian

Executive producers: Paul McCulley, John Silverman


Documentary – Mental Health

Life Continued: Defeating Depression

(MTV / Soul Pancake)

Executive producers: Rainn Wilson, Bobby Pura, Golriz Lucina, Shabnam Mogharabi, Sarah North


Documentary – Substance Use

True Life – “I’m Addicted to Pills”

(MTV / Linton Media)

Executive producers: Katherine Linton, Betsy Forhan, Marshall Eisen, Dave Sirulnick


Unscripted Non-Fiction Program

Extreme Weight Loss – “Jami”

(ABC Entertainment / Eyeworks USA)

Executive producers: JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus, Brant Pinvidic


Public Service Project

Half of Us


Executive producers: Amy Campbell, Sophia Cranshaw


EIC President’s Award

Brody Stevens