Stephen M. Silverman
April 02, 2003 11:28 AM

NBC’s “The West Wing” and “ER,” and the movies “Changing Lanes,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “Narc,” “Salton Sea” and “Skins” are among the top nominees for the seventh annual Prism Awards, which aim to recognize accurate depictions of drug and alcohol use in film, TV music and other media, according to trade reports.

The Prism Awards ceremony will be taped May 8 in Los Angeles and presented in an hourlong special on FX May 25.

Actors in the nominated films also received Prism nods Tuesday. They are: Graham Greene (“Skins”), Samuel L. Jackson (“Changing Lanes”), Ashley Judd (“Ya-Ya Sisterhood”), Val Kilmer (“Salton Sea”) and Jason Patric (“Narc”).

Performers nominated for TV drama series were “ER”‘s Alex Kingston, “West Wing”‘s Tim Matheson and John Spencer, Nancy McKeon of Lifetime’s “The Division” and Patricia Richardson of that same network’s “Strong Medicine.”

For TV comedy series: Bernie Mac and Camille Winbush (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Anthony Clark (“Yes, Dear”), Tracee Ellis Ross (UPN’s “Girlfriends”) and John Slattery (“Ed”).

The long-form TV nominees are Showtime’s “Last Call” and “Our America,” Sundance Channel’s “Margarita Happy Hour,” Lifetime’s “The Secret Life of Zoey” and MTV’s “Wasted.”

The Prism Awards are sponsored by the Entertainment Industries Council, a nonprofit group that focuses on such social issues as drug abuse, violence and AIDS awareness, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute of Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health.

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