Meryl Streep, who recently appeared onscreen in the second season of HBO drama series Big Little Lies will be the first recipient of an acting award given as part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The festival organisers have announced that Meryl will receive the inaugural TIFF Tribute Actor Award during a charity gala on 9th February 2020. This is separate from the honours given to films aired during the September festival.
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There’s no one like Meryl Streep, which is why we’re announcing her as the recipient of our first-ever TIFF Tribute Actor Award. With a career spanning over 40 years, Meryl Streep has captivated audiences with Oscar-winning performances in KRAMER VS. KRAMER, SOPHIE’S CHOICE, and THE IRON LADY. . This September, you can catch Meryl Streep in Steven Soderbergh’s THE LAUNDROMAT, part of our #TIFF19 Special Presentations lineup. . Streep will also be honoured in person at our TIFF Tribute Gala, an annual awards fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programmes and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film. . Her contributions to cinema, television and stage are as extensive as they are unforgettable. There’s simply no one else like Meryl. . What’s your favourite Meryl movie moment? Let us know in the comments. . . . . #merylstreep #tiff19 #toronto #womeninfilm #shareherjourney #thelaundromat #kramervskramer #sophieschoice #theironlady #julieandjulia #biglittlelies #marylouise #marylouisewright #devilwearsprada #mirandapriestly #academyawards #goldenglobes #stevensoderbergh #filmfestival #marvinsroom
This gala is an annual fundraiser which supports TIFF’s “year-round programmes and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film, and to celebrate the film industry’s outstanding contributors.” The gala will also include another honour, Mary Pickford Award, to recognise a female emerging talent in the industry.
Meryl Streep, with a film, television and stage career spanning over 40 years, has won three Academy Awards and received 21 Oscar nominations, setting a record. She will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming comedy, The Laundromat, based on the Panama Papers. The film also stars Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, and will have its North American premiere at TIFF. The award-winng actress will also be part of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, a new project with Martin Scorsese, and Netflix’s star-studded adaptation of The Prom, a Broadway hit.
Announcing the award for Meryl, TIFF Co-Head Joana Vicente said in an official statement, “Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation. Her tremendous contribution to cinema, television, and the stage spans five decades; from her early roles in The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Sophie’s Choice to later films including The Devil Wears Prada, The Iron Lady, and The Post, she has portrayed characters that are as compelling as they are timeless. TIFF could not be more thrilled to honour such a skilled and exemplary artist.”