Jessica Chastain to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at Toronto International Film Festival

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Jessica Chastain appears on the “Today” show on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. [Photo by Nathan Congleton/NBC]

Two-time Academy Award–nominated actor Jessica Chastain will receive the 2021 TIFF Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will take place during the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is Sept. 9-18.

“Jessica has brought to life such strong and inspiring roles for women, from the films that have screened at TIFF such as ‘The Debt,’ ‘Take Shelter,’ ‘The Martian,’ ‘Crimson Peak’ and ‘Molly’s Game’ to the upcoming world premiere of ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ at the festival — she is one of the most respected actors of her generation,” said Joana Vicente, executive director and co-head of the festival, in a statement.

“Her recent portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker is a testament to her exceptional onscreen presence and talent.”

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker (portrayed by Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield), rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. They were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity, and Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.

Chastain also will be seen opposite Oscar Isaac in HBO’s “Scenes from a Marriage,” an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1970s miniseries, and star in “The 355,” an international spy thriller based on an original idea by Chastain for her production company Freckle Films.

In addition, Chastain will shortly play music legend Tammy Wynette in the limited series “George & Tammy” opposite Josh Brolin.

Michael Greyeyes and Jessica Chastain star in “Woman Walks Ahead.” [A24 photo]

In 2019, she starred in the global box-office hit sequel “It Chapter Two,” and, prior to that, in the “X-Men” franchise installment “Dark Phoenix” as well as Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game.” The latter earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Her previous features include “Woman Walks Ahead,” “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and “Miss Sloane,” which garnered her Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Prior to that, she starred in the critically acclaimed “A Most Violent Year,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Miss Julie” and “Interstellar.”

Also, Chastain starred in Terrence Malick’s Academy Award-nominated drama “Tree of Life” opposite Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, as well as “The Debt,” “Take Shelter” and “Zero Dark 30.” For “The Help” she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, also receiving a Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild nomination and Critics’ Choice nomination.

She made her Broadway debut in the revival of “The Heiress” in 2012.

Chastain launched Freckle Films, a New York-based film and television production company, in 2016.

Jessica Chastain appears in “The Martian.” [20th Century Fox photo]

The TIFF Tribute Awards honor the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent and a below-the-line artist and creator. The awards also serve as TIFF’s largest annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programs and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film.

The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will be co-produced by Bell Media Studios and, for the second straight year, will be broadcast nationally by CTV and streamed internationally by Variety.

Previous recipients of the TIFF Tribute Actor Award include Meryl Streep, Joaquin Phoenix, Kate Winslet and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

The festival recently announced that award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, singer and activist Alanis Obomsawin will be honored with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media, and Academy Award–nominated French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award at this year’s awards. For more information, go to



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