The writers of TV movies about teen-age drug abuse, teen-age suicide and a woman struggling to raise her family during World War II have been nominated for the top award in the 1985 Humanitas Prizes, given for TV programs that "most fully communicate human values."
Winners of the 11th annual Humanitas awards, given by the Pacific Palisades-based Human Family Institute, will be announced Tuesday at a luncheon in Los Angeles. The cash prizes are made possible through an endowment established by a coalition of broadcasting companies.
Nominated for the top prize of $25,000 for TV programs at least 90 minutes long were Christopher Knopf and Beth Polson for "Not My Kid," a CBS movie about drug problems among the young; Joyce Eliason for "Surviving," an ABC movie that dealt with teen-age suicide, and Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper for "The Dollmaker," an ABC movie about a poor Kentucky woman raising her five children in 1944.
In the 60-minute category, which carries a $15,000 prize, the nominees were Georgia Jeffries for an episode of "Cagney & Lacey," John Masius and Tom Fontana for an episode of "St. Elsewhere" and David Milch, Roger Director, Steven Bochco and Jeffrey Lewis for an episode of "Hill Street Blues."