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Awards / Honors

'Temple Grandin' honored with Golden Globe


An HBO movie depicting the life of a Colorado State University professor has won a Golden Globe award. Titled "Temple Grandin," the film was awarded Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Claire Danes).

About the film

Temple Grandin poses with actress Claire Danes at the premiere of 'Temple Grandin' in January 2010. (AP Photo)

The film chronicles Grandin’s perseverance while struggling with autism. Grandin, an animal scientist and renowned animal behaviorist, attended the awards ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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 as an equipment designer determined to help reduce stress on animals. The film delivers messages about autism and treating animals humanely.

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

Groundbreaking Research

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.

Grandin’s writings on the principles 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.

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 Translation: Understanding the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior,” a New York Times best seller published in 2005, and “Animals Make Us Human.”

Other Awards for "Temple Grandin"

“Temple Grandin,” received a total of seven Emmy Awards in August including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Claire Danes), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (David Strathairn), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (Julia Ormond) and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Mick Jackson).