Saturday, April 20, 2024

Meryl Streep to Receive Toronto Film Festival’s First Tribute Actor Award at Inaugural Gala


It seems like new co-director of the Toronto Film Festival Joana Vicente is making waves up north– the good kind!

TIFF has just announced its first annual gala during their festival, and Meryl Streep is their first honoree. The festival has never done this before, strangely, but I guess Vicente convinced them this is important.

Getting Streep is a coup. She’s the top of the heap. And it’s an unusual year in which she only has TWO potential hits for the fall that could produce more awards action in her unique career– Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” Of course, she just wrapped her highly praised run on HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”

This will be a hot ticket in Toronto. We can only imagine Meryl’s acceptance speech. I’ve heard she disapproves of our current government! (Rock on, Meryl!)


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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