Being at the Emmy’s was a fantastic experience. The HBO movie about my life ("Temple Grandin") had been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards. When they announced each award, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When the first award for Julia Ormond as best supporting actress was announced, I jumped up and cheered. She played my mother. The movie went on to win best supporting actor, best director and Claire Danes won best actress.

Watching Claire Danes play me was like going back in a time machine to the 1960s and 70s. When it won best TV movie, we all went up on the stage and I hugged everybody. I then impulsively grabbed the microphone and asked my mother to stand up and be recognized. I wanted her to get the recognition she deserved.

What is Hollywood like? It is surreal to be in Hollywood one day and then back in a meat plant a few days later to do animal welfare auditor training. During the last year, I have gone to several large Hollywood press conferences, in addition to the Emmy awards ceremony and the parties afterward. As I traveled back and forth between the world of the meat industry and the world of Hollywood, I quickly learned that the people in both of these worlds have no idea what the other world is like.

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