Friday, June 14, 2024

Kate Winslet to Receive Toronto Film Festival’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award, Presumably via Zoom


The Toronto Film Festival is soldiering on despite the fact that no one is coming — we can’t go to Canada because the border is closed, plus no one wants to fly anywhere. It’s a very bad situation because we love TIFF and know they are suffering financially. The festival is looking for donation from film fans and movie studios.

Today TIFF announced that they’re giving their annual Tribute Actor Award to Kate Winslet. I guess this will be via Zoom. Kate is not flying in from the UK, obviously. And we’re not going up there. But we’ll watch it on Zoom. I’m sure the Oscar winning Ms. Winslet will send a pithy speech– I sure hope so, she’s one of the wittiest people I know. The first time we met, long ago, she told me to “Bugger off.” We’ve been friends ever since!

Officially:” The Awards mark an annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programming and the organization’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film. The TIFF Tribute Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator.”

If you love film, send this festival a token donation! We want them in good shape for next year.

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.

Read more

In Other News