Actors William H. Macy, Jennifer Morrison, & Emily Osment to Accept Performance Honors at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards Presented by Entertainment Industries Council, inc.

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William H. Macy (Showtime’s Shameless), Jennifer Morrison (Lifetime Movie Network’s Bringing Ashley Home), and Emily Osment (ABC Family’s Cyberbully) to be honored for their portrayals at upcoming PRISM Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.

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The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. is proud to announce actor William H. Macy (Showtime’s Shameless) has been selected to receive the PRISM Award: Performance in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Frank Gallagher. Actresses Jennifer Morrison (Lifetime Movie Network’s Bringing Ashley Home) and Emily Osment (ABC Family’s Cyberbully) have also been selected to receive a PRISM Award for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries for their portrayals of Ashley Phillips and Taylor Hillridge, respectively.

Performance nominations are made for those actors who displayed unparalleled courage in their portrayals of characters battling mental health and/or substance use issues including alcohol use, illegal drug use, prescription drug use, depression, suicide, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, bipolar, and other related topics.

William H. Macy's role as Frank Gallagher, patriarch of the Gallagher family, is an unemployed alcoholic who lives with his six children. There are many disputes and events that make Macy’s character hard to like; however, when Macy’s character is sober, he is actually quite intelligent. Shameless shows that the love and bond a family has can be enough to get through a loved one suffering from addiction.

Jennifer Morrison portrays Ashley Phillips, younger sister to Libba, who suffers from bipolar disorder and drug addiction. When Morrison’s character, Ashley, goes missing, older sister Libba never gives up searching, going so far as to lose her marriage and career; creating ‘Outpost for Hope’, an organization that helps families find missing loved ones.

Emily Osment’s character, Taylor Hillridge, is your typical seventeen-year-old student; however, she falls victim to the traumatic ordeal of online bullying. In the film, Hillridge’s mother takes on the school system and state legislation to try and prevent this from happening to more children. This TV movie brings to light the current challenges the youth face when technology is used with negative consequences.

The PRISM Awards will honor television and film productions and actors accurately depicting mental health and substance use on April 19th, 2012 in Los Angeles. For more information please visit http://www.prismawards.com.

About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education. EIC provides information resources for entertainment creators through innovative and time-proven services and methods of "encouraging the ART of making a difference" from within the entertainment industry. EIC produces the simulcast national television special PRISM Awards Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of prevention, treatment and recovery from drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering, and technology.

EIC also addresses issues such as diabetes, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, foster care, women's health, firearm safety and injury prevention, sun safety and skin cancer prevention, human trafficking, terrorism and homeland security, eating disorders and obesity, seat belt use and traffic safety, and HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization has also launched an initiative to increase the public profile and interest in science, engineering and technology. EIC’s web site is http://www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is http://www.prismawards.com.

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