This season, Temple Grandin has become as much of an awards show fixture as her Hollywood counterpart, Claire Danes. Danes took home the gold for her portrayal of the title character in “Temple Grandin,” making sure to thank Grandin for sharing the moment with her.
Grandin’s notable strides in the fields of autism advocacy and animal welfare are highlighted in the film. As a high-functioning autistic, Grandin didn’t say her first words until she was four years old, and in high school she was taunted for her tendency to repeat words over and over. Ultimately, Grandin went on to earn a B.A. in Psychology, and both a Master’s and a Doctorate in Animal Science.
Today, Grandin is a bestselling author, inventor, designer, consultant, and professor at Colorado State University.
Grandin mostly avoided Danes during the production of the film, not wanting to negatively impact her performance. On the last day of production, however, Grandin came to set to watch filming.
“She came up to me, and she was very concerned that I not experience postpartum depression,” Danes tells the New York Times. “She told me, ‘You must be very careful, because you are investing a lot of yourself in this, and there is going to be a fall, and you have to protect yourself from that.’ She was pretty anxious that I know about that.”
This was Danes’ second Golden Globe, but her first this decade. She also won in 1994 for her portrayal of Angela Chase on the short-lived series “My So-Called Life.”