The Toronto International Film Festival will present the inaugural TIFF Tribute Actor Award, the festival’s first acting award, to Meryl Streep, the AP reports. The festival’s organizers announced the selection Friday.
Streep, a three-time Academy Award winner and the most nominated actor in the history of the Oscars, will be honored during a Feb. 9 charity gala.
“The glitzy fundraiser will support the festival’s year-around efforts to promote films and the industry’s leading creators,” the AP reports, adding: “The award is separate from honors bestowed on films shown at the September festival. Its People’s Choice Award frequently becomes an Oscar best picture contender.”
Streep’s upcoming movie, Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers film “The Laundromat,” in which she stars with Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, will have its North American premiere at TIFF, the report notes.