A moving and, at times, quirky biopic, Temple Grandin (HBO; Friday at 10pm) tells the story of a misunderstood young woman who channels her unique gifts into a career as a scientist, author and animal-rights advocate. Claire Danes (below; Stardust) took home a Golden Globe for her performance as Temple Grandin, and the film garnered five Emmies. Based on two books - Emergence (by Grandin and Margaret Scariano) and Thinking in Pictures (by Grandin) - the film chronicles the early years of the autistic doctor of animal science and best-selling author, from her turbulent school life to the enduring support she received from her mother, aunt and teacher. Against all the odds, Grandin has become a celebrated academic, whose interest in animals, particularly cows and other livestock, has changed the way cattle ranches are designed in the United States. Her ability to empathise with the animals she studies has led to the cattle industry adopting more humane ways to manage its animals, even as they are led to slaughter. Temple Grandin is directed by Mick Jackson and also stars Catherine O'Hara (Best in Show), Julia Ormond (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and David Strathairn (My Blueberry Nights).