"Temple Grandin" was favored by our pundits to win best TV movie at the Emmys. After all, it was tied for the most nominations for a telefilm (15), and HBO has won this race for 15 of the last 17 years, including the most recent six in a row. Likewise for the 10-part war epic "The Pacific," which won the paycaster the mini-series award for the seventh time. And that golden touch extended to the mini/movie acting races with HBO productions winning all of them as well as the directing and writing prizes.
Three of those Emmy Awards went to the "Temple Grandin" cast, led by star Claire Danes, who won for portraying the renowned autism activist. Danes, who had contended at the Emmys 15 years ago as drama actress for the single season of "My So-Called Life," was up against a slate of veteran actresses, including two Dames of the British theater — Judi Dench ("Return to Cranford') and Maggie Smith ("Capturing Mary") — as well as Joan Allen ("Georgia O'Keeffe") and Hope Davis ("The Special Relationship").
Also winning for "Temple Grandin" were first-time Emmy nominees Julia Ormond as the title character's determined mother and David Strathairn as her kindly mentor. Not surprisingly, Mick Jackson won the directing Emmy for his work on this biopic.