Joaquin Phoenix will be honored with one of the first two TIFF Tribute Actor Awards. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the news Friday morning. This comes not long after TIFF announced Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep as the other recipient for the award.
Phoenix stars in Todd Phillips‘ “Joker,” set to have its North American premiere at the festival. Phillips’ film is set apart from the existing DC cinematic universe and sees Phoenix as the troubled and wicked comic book villain. Phoenix will be presented with the award September 9 at the Fairmont Royal York at TIFF’s inaugural Tribute Gala.
“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” festival co-head Cameron Bailey said in a statement. “Over three decades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role. TIFF is thrilled to be celebrating an artist of his
“We’re thrilled that the extraordinarily talented Joaquin Phoenix will be honored at the TIFF Tribute Gala this September,” festival co-head Joana Vicente said. “His outstanding contribution to cinema acts as a testament to TIFF’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film.” caliber with this inaugural award.”
Phoenix is a three-time Oscar nominee, recognized for his supporting role in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” and for his leading roles in James Mangold’s “Walk the Line” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” Phoenix also starred in Lynne Ramsey’s powerful film, “You Were Never Really Here,” as well as last year’s “The Sisters Brothers” and “Mary Magdalene.”
Phoenix receives the honor at TIFF, where actor and filmmaker Taika Waititi will also be recognized with the TIFF Ebert Director Award. Participant Media will be presented with the TIFF Impact Award. The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5-15.