Joaquin Phoenix and Meryl Streep are getting the star treatment at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
On Friday, TIFF announced that Phoenix will be the recipient of one of the inaugural TIFF Tribute Actor Awards.
“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” said festival co-head Cameron Bailey. “Over three decades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role. TIFF is thrilled to be celebrating an artist of his caliber with this inaugural award.”
Phoenix will be at the festival to promote his highly anticipated super-villain film “Joker”.
Last month, Streep was the first actor announced to be receiving the award at the festival’s gala awards event.
The award will be given to the legendary actress during a big charity gala on September 9, during this year’s festival.
The TIFF Tribute Gala will raise funds to support year-round programming at TIFF.
“Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” said TIFF co-head Joana Vicente. “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.”
Streep will also be on hand at TIFF this year for the North American premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s new film “The Laundromat”, also starring Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas.