'Temple Grandin' Wins Big at Emmys 2010
by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2010 9:45AM
Temple Grandin was a big winner at last night's Emmy Awards. Yep, both the woman and the film of the same name took home top honors and brought autism awareness to the biggest night in television.
Claire Danes won an Emmy for portraying the well-known autistic professor in the HBO film 'Temple Grandin.' The film itself was nominated for 15 awards and won seven, including the Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.
Julia Ormond and David Strathairn won in the supporting actress and actor category and Mick Jackson took home a statue for directing.
The real Temple Grandin got her chance to shine too, standing up many times when the Emmy winners thanked her. She even took the mic while on stage for accepting the Emmy for TV movie and asked her mother to stand up in the audience in a very touching moment.
Dr. Temple Grandin is known for her expertise in animal behavior. She's a professor at Colorado State University and a best-selling author, been featured on countless TV programs and is widely known for her autism advocacy. A self-described visual learner, Dr. Grandin has said her success as a humane livestock facility designer comes from her ability to recall great detail. Because she's such visual person, Dr. Grandin has said English is like a second language to her.
According to her official Web site, Dr. Grandin did not speak until she was close to 4 years old, instead she communicated via peeps, hums and screams. She was diagnosed with autism in 1950 and her parents were told to have her institutionalized.
"I have read enough to know that there are still many parents, and yes, professionals too, who believe that 'once autistic, always autistic.' This dictum has meant sad and sorry lives for many children diagnosed, as I was in early life, as autistic. To these people, it is incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled. However, I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can," Dr. Grandin wrote in 'Emergence: Labeled Autistic.'
Dr. Grandin advocates for early intervention when treating autism and credits caring teachers as a major influence in her life.
Check out this feature from the HBO film.
The TV movie premiered Feb. 6 to rave reviews and was released on DVD Aug. 17.