Meryl Streep to receive very special award at TIFF 2019

By Sarah Walker

One of Hollywood’s biggest talents is set to make an appearance at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival – and we can’t wait to see her walk the red carpet! Meryl Streep will receive the inaugural TIFF Tribute Actor Award at the festival’s glitzy gala on Sept. 9.

“Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” Joana Vicente, co-head of TIFF, said 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 honour such a skilled and exemplary artist.”

The 70-year-old has won three Academy Awards, eight Golden Globes and was the 2017 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She’s widely recognized as the most nominated celebrity in Hollywood.

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This is the latest announcement about this year’s star-studded festival. On July 23, TIFF revealed one of Streep’s latest films, The Laundromat, will make its North American debut at the event.

Jennifer Lopez is one of the stars whose films will screen at TIFF 2019. Photo: © Alessio Botticelli/GC Images

Hustlers, featuring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B and Julia Stiles, will also have a gala screening.

Other films that will have gala presentations include A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood , which stars Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers; the adaptation of the novel The Goldfinch, starring Ansel Elgort; The Joker, featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the legendary Batman badguy role; and Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo as abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

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Knives Out , which stars Christopher Plummer , Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis , Toni Colette, Michael Shannon and others will have a special presentation, as will Judy, featuring Renee Zellweger as screen icon Judy Garland .

The Bruce Springsteen -directed Western Stars, a companion for his latest studio album of the same name, will also screen.

Radioactive, which features Rosamund Pike as pioneering physicist and chemist Marie Curie, will close TIFF on Sept. 15. It was directed by Marjane Satrapi , author of acclaimed graphic novel series Persepolis.

Documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, a documentary about the Canadian music legends, will screen at the opening night gala on Sept. 5.

TIFF 2019’s full schedule will be announced on Aug. 20.

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