Meryl Streep to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award

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Meryl Streep appear’s in “The Laundromat.” [Netflix photo]

Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep will receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Actor Award in September.

“Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” said Joana Vicente, the festival’s executive director and co-head, in a statement. “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 honor such a skilled and exemplary artist.”

Coming off her turn in Season 2 of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Streep stars in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” which will have its North American premiere at TIFF.

The 44th annual festival is scheduled for Sept. 5-15. Streep will be presented with the award at the new Tribute Gala on Sept. 9 at Fairmont Royal York. According to a TIFF news release, the inaugural Tribute Gala is an annual fundraiser to support the festival’s year-round programming and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film, and to celebrate the film industry’s outstanding contributors

Participant Media will receive the TIFF Impact Award at the gala. The honoree of the inaugural Mary Pickford Award, honoring a female emerging talent in the industry, will be announced at a later date, according to the news release, and one other recipient of the TIFF Tribute Actor Award will be announced in the coming weeks, too.

In addition to “The Laundromat,” this year’s TIFF lineup includes the comedic crime drama “Hustlers,” featuring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Julia Stiles; “Joker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix; and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the eagerly awaited Mr. Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks as the legendary children’s television host, according to Variety.

Considered a launching pad for Oscar contenders, the festival will also include racing-car drama “Ford v. Ferrari” with Matt Damon and Christian Bale; “The Two Popes” with Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce; Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit”; Renee Zellweger portraying Judy Garland in “Judy”; and Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmon’s “Harriett.”

In addition, the lineup includes Cannes favorites “Pain and Glory,” Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” and Robert Pattinson and Willam Dafoe in Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse.”

The opening night film is the documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.”

For more information on this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, go to www.tiff.net.

-BAM

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