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Claire Danes wins Golden Globe for “Temple Grandin”

January 17, 2011 4 comments

Congratulations to Claire Danes, who won a Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television for her work in HBO’s “Temple Grandin.” The much lauded film won seven Emmy’s in August of 2010 and is available for purchase on DVD.

Watch Danes’s acceptance speech below and read an interview with Grandin from the red carpet.

HBO’s “Temple Grandin” Wins Seven Emmy Awards

August 30, 2010 16 comments

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the creation and production of HBO’s “Temple Grandin,” which won seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for TV Movie and Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Special recognition goes to executive producers Emily Gerson Saines, Gil Bellows, and Anthony Edwards, who are supporters of Autism Speaks.

Check out the acceptance speech here and watch Temple Grandin on the red carpet here.

“Temple Grandin” is currently airing on HBO and the DVD is available for purchase.

View the movie trailer here and check out PopWatch on EW.com: “Temple Grandin” wins big at Emmys. But who is she?

Additional congratulations to our good friend and supporter, Tom Colicchio, whose program “Top Chef” was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality – Competition Program.

“Temple Grandin” Receives 15 Emmy Nominations

July 9, 2010 9 comments

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the creation and production of HBO’s “Temple Grandin,” which received 15 Emmy nominations.

From specialchildren.about.com:

The nominations for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed this morning, and HBO’s biopic Temple Grandin cleaned up with 15 nominations, including one for Claire Danes’s portrayal of Grandin, two supporting-actress nods for Julia Ormond as Temple’s mother and Catherine O’Hara as Temple’s aunt, supporting-actor recognition for David Strathairn as a sympathetic teacher, and nominations for writing, directing, and best made-for-TV movie.

What an honor it is for Temple to have her remarkable life story honored in this fashion; we are confident that our friends in the autism community will join us in echoing that sentiment. The movie is currently airing on HBO and HBO On-Demand – check it out and share your thoughts.

More from the Autism Speaks Blog about the film

“Temple Grandin” Premiere in Los Angeles

Tune In – “Temple Grandin” on HBO (You can view the movie trailer here.)

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“Temple Grandin” Premiere in Los Angeles

February 3, 2010 1 comment
Several years ago, I heard Temple Grandin deliver the keynote presentation at a conference. My son, Andrew, was probably seven at the time. He had been diagnosed with autism at three and a half and was progressing well, but it was much too early in this journey to know what he would be able to accomplish. And for all my wife and I had learned already there was still much to discover.

Many parents viewed Temple as a model of inspiration, the independent adult we all hoped our children would become. We listened rapturously as she recalled her childhood, not speaking until she was four, and how vividly she could talk about certain subjects. I remember her saying that when something as simple as a ship was mentioned she had to visualize a specific ship that she had heard about in order for it to become concrete. Then pictures of many ships passed through her mind. She also talked about how the concept of love was difficult. Although she read about it and understood what it was intellectually, emotionally it was foreign to her.

I have not read her books but I was excited to attend a preview screening of the “Temple Grandin” movie premiering on HBO this weekend. It was beautiful for many reasons, and not always easy to watch. Claire Danes was incredible in capturing Temple’s mannerisms, fears, frustrations and ultimate optimism. Director Mick Jackson managed the wonderful feat of vividly bringing the audience inside Temple’s mind. When she was over-stimulated by light or sound, it seemed as though we were having the same experience. When the film was over many people remarked how much they enjoyed it and how moved they were. Definitely have tissues nearby.

Just as impressive for what Temple has done and represents, it may be more phenomenal when the time period is factored in. This year, Temple will be 63.  We talk about the continued need to raise awareness now, but consider for a moment the immense challenges, obstacles and prejudices both she and her mother had to endure over 55 years ago. In the film Temple’s mother (an excellent job by Julia Ormond) is told to put her in an institution and essentially forget about her. The teasing Temple endured at boarding school and how she was misunderstood in college were painful to observe on the screen. And even after earning her degree she faced immense sexism in the overwhelmingly male-dominated cattle industry of the 1970’s.

We have it so much easier with more people knowing about autism now, but it’s still not enough.

A few months ago I was at a fundraising and community event for another autism organization. I was at our booth telling people what Autism Speaks does when a young man who was a volunteer for the day walked up and asked, “What is autism?” He was probably in his late teens, helping out at an event about autism and didn’t know what it was. I point this out not to castigate him, but it was a pivotal moment for me.

For the progress we’ve made, we still need to keep moving forward. I work with and constantly meet parents whose children are at various points along the autism spectrum. They are stressed. They can’t do it alone – and they shouldn’t have to. With the numbers constantly rising, it’s obvious that autism is not the domain of just parents and the devoted professionals who work with them.

I hope that people not directly affected by autism who watch “Temple Grandin” take away multiple messages, with one of the key ones being how serious an issue it is. Please don’t be just an observer. Take action. And for those of us who are directly affected, keep letting others know.

This guest post is written by Phillip Hain, Executive Director of Autism Speaks’ Los Angeles Chapter.

If you have a story you wish to share about your personal experience with autism, please send it to editors@autismspeaks.org. Autism Speaks reserves the right to edit contributions for space, style and content. Because of the volume of submissions, not all can be published on the site.


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Tune In – “Temple Grandin” on HBO

January 25, 2010 4 comments

Autism Speaks is proud to partner with HBO in promoting its new movie, “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes. The movie will premiere on HBO on February 6. Check your local listings for showtimes. Be sure to check back and share your opinions and reactions to the film.

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