Dr. Temple Grandin can add another major milestone to her already impressive resume. The self-titled HBO film about her life, starring Claire Danes as Grandin, ended up taking home five Emmy Awards.
Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950, and could not speak until she was three-and-a-half years old. She earned a Ph.D. in Animal Science in 1989, and is a revolutionary in her industry (bettering the treatment of livestock), as well as in autism advocacy. Grandin owns Grandin Livestock Systems Inc. and writes for Meat & Poultry Magazine.
“Temple Grandin” won best movie made for television, and Danes took home the award for outstanding lead actress. The film also took home best supporting actor and actress, and best director for a miniseries, movie, or dramatic special.
As Danes accepted her award, she told the crowd: “[Temple Grandin is] the most brave woman I’ve known.”
American Meat Institute President J. Patrick Boyle also commented on Grandin’s success: “She has transformed the way we handle livestock and measure welfare. She has been a gift to so many people including those in our industry. And, of course, she has helped to enhance animal welfare dramatically.”
Grandin isn’t one to abuse her celebrity status. When asked about her thoughts on the film’s success, Grandin told a Los Angeles Times Reporter that: “I hope this movie is going to educate a lot of people about autism because there’s a lot of people who don’t understand it. Somebody [with autism] might be a Silicon Valley genius, and somebody might be handicapped and non-verbal.”