The Toronto International Film Festival has announced today via press release that Academy Award winner Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) will receive this year’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award, to be presented virtually on Sept. 15.
The 45th edition of the festival will be like no other, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forcing changes to the way these festivals’ are run. Along with the tribute awards being presented virtually, there will also be virtual red carpets and digital screenings, as well as drive-ins and physical screenings according to the festival’s website.
Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head of the TIFF alongside Cameron Bailey, said the following on Winslet:
“Kate’s brilliant and compelling onscreen presence continues to captivate, entertain, and inspire audiences and actors alike. From her earliest work in Heavenly Creatures, Sense and Sensibility, and Titanic, to Revolutionary Road, The Reader, Mildred Pierce, and Steve Jobs, to name a few, her onscreen presence is as powerful and courageous as the women she chooses to portray. Kate’s most recent performance as Mary in Francis Lee’s Ammonite affirms her position as one of the best and most respected actresses of her generation, and we are delighted to honor her extraordinary talents at this year’s Festival.”
Winslet’s incredible body of work is worthy of this prestigious award, with previous recipients including last year’s Meryl Streep and Joaquin Phoenix. She won her Academy Award in 2009 for “The Reader,” impressively taking home the Best Actress prize despite winning precursors such as Golden Globes and SAG in the supporting category. Her filmography includes another six Oscar-nominated roles and the legendary Brit is expected to be in the mix this year with her film “Ammonite.”
Directed by Francis Lee and also starring Saoirse Ronan, “Ammonite” is among the already announced titles for this year’s TIFF, along with Halle Berry’s directorial debut “Bruised” and “Another Round” from acclaimed Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, who previously directed the Academy Award-nominated “The Hunt.”