The HBO biopic on animal behaviorist Temple Grandin, entitled “Temple Grandin,” is in the running for a total of 15 Primetime Emmy Awards in 14 categories. The award show, set for national broadcast on Aug. 29 on NBC, recognizes excellence within various areas of television and emerging media. Voting is done by more than 15,000 Television Academy members.

“Temple Grandin” premiered Feb. 6 on HBO. The two-hour biopic chronicles the developmental and early professional years of Temple Grandin, the noted animal behaviorist and designer of livestock-handling facilities.

Probably no person has had a greater effect over the past few decades on livestock handling in the U.S. or worldwide than Grandin, a Colorado State University professor of animal science. Grandin-designed facilities are in use throughout the world; in North America, almost half of all cattle are handled in a center-track restrainer system she designed for meat plants. Her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.

But Grandin’s accomplishments are particularly noteworthy because she’s one of the world’s highest functioning autistic people. She’s worked to foster a better understanding of autism among the general population and is a prominent advocate for autism rights. And it’s that vein that the HBO presentation explores using the livestock industry as a backdrop to her personal discovery and development.

The movie is in the running for a Primetime Emmy Award in 14 categories, topped by the nomination for outstanding made for television movie. In addition, actress Claire Danes is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her portrayal of Grandin; Julia Ormond who played Grandin's mother Eustacia, and Catherine O'Hara, who played her Aunt Ann, are nominated for outstanding supporting actress. David Strathairn is nominated for outstanding supporting actor for his portrayal of Grandin’s high school science mentor, Dr. Carlock.

The entire lineup of “Temple Grandin” Emmy nominations includes:

  • Outstanding made for television movie.
  • Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie.
  • Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie.
  • Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie (two nominations).
  • Outstanding directing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special.
  • Outstanding writing for a miniseries, movie or dramatic special.
  • Outstanding art direction for a miniseries or movie.
  • Outstanding casting for a miniseries, movie or special.
  • Outstanding single-camera picture editing for a miniseries or movie.
  • Outstanding hairstyling for a miniseries or movie.
  • Outstanding main title design.
  • Outstanding makeup for a miniseries or movie (non-prosthetic).
  • Outstanding music composition for a miniseries, movie or special (original dramatic score).
  • Outstanding sound editing for a miniseries, movie or special.

See the list of all categories and nominees at www.emmys.tv/awards/primetime-emmy-awards.

You can learn more about Temple Grandin at beefmagazine.com/temple-grandin-biopic-hbo/ and beefmagazine.com/cowcalfweekly/temple-grandin.