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Temple Grandin movie earns 15 Emmy nominations

July 9, 2010

The movie, Temple Grandin, illustrating the life story of Colorado State University Professor of Animal Sciences Temple Grandin, has been nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Made for Television Movie, Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Claire Danes), and Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special (Mick Jackson).

Movie garners 15 nominations

An HBO movie which aired last February illustrating the life story of Temple Grandin, Colorado State University animal scientist and renowned animal behaviorist, has received 15 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Titled Temple Grandin, the film chronicles her perseverance while struggling with autism.

Temple Grandin tied 30 Rock and You Don't Know Jack for the fourth largest number of nominations behind The Pacific's 24, Glee's 19, and Mad Men's 17. With its 15 nominations, Temple Grandin beat out Lost and Dancing with the Stars

Emmy awards are the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film).

Nominated categories

Among the nominations that the film received are those for:

  • Best Made for Television Movie
  • Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Claire Danes)
  • Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (David Strathairn)
  • Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Julia Ormond and Catherine O’Hara)
  • Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Mick Jackson)

Biopic spans childhood through early career

Grandin is a high-functioning autistic person who is a renowned designer of humane animal-handling facilities, work she’s primarily accomplished while a CSU faculty member. The movie depicts Grandin’s life as a child, during her high school years, and follows her during the 1970s as she begins her career in her chosen field of food-animal welfare and designing equipment to help make their lives less stressful. The film delivers messages about autism and treating animals humanely.

Unique abilities lend themselves to design of livestock facilities

Temple Grandin, professor of animal sciences, is the subject of an Emmy-nominated HBO movie.

Grandin’s ability to see pictures in her head and her understanding that cows mainly experience their world as visual stimuli has enabled her to design livestock facilities that treat cattle more humanely.

A professor in Colorado State’s Department of Animal Sciences, Grandin teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design. She regularly consults with the livestock industry on design, livestock handling and animal welfare.

Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries around the world. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used extensively throughout the livestock industry.

Author on humane treatment of animals

Grandin has published several books on the humane treatment of animals and on a better understanding of autism. Her 1995 autobiography, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, is the basis for the HBO movie. She’s also the author of Animals in Transition: Understanding the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, a New York Times best seller published in 2005, and last year’s Animals Make Us Human.

Grandin’s writings on the flight zone and other principals of grazing animal behavior have helped to reduce stress during animal handling. She developed an objective scoring system for the assessment of handling cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare.

Actress Clare Danes as Temple Grandin. Photo by Van Redin, courtesy of HBO.

Other Emmy nominations

Other Emmy nominations for the movie Temple Grandin include:

  • Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie
  • Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie
  • Main Title Design
  • Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie
  • Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
  • Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie

Winners announced Aug. 29

The 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Aug. 29 and broadcast on NBC. 


Contact: Jim Beers
E-mail: Jim.Beers@colostate.edu
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