Kate Winslet is the first honoree to be announced by Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, co-heads of the Toronto Film Festival, as recipient of this year’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award. It will be presented September 15 during a “virtual ceremony” as part of the 45th edition of the slimmed-down fest, which like everything else has been deeply impacted by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
Winslet’s film Ammonite was previously announced as a TIFF official selection where, after Telluride’s cancellation Tuesday, it is likely to be the first fest where the Neon Oscar-season hopeful will be seen. Last month, the Cannes Film Festival revealed the movie was a main competition selection for that fest, which of course did not take place. Nevertheless, the Cannes logo will appear on the film anyway.
“Kate’s brilliant and compelling onscreen presence continues to captivate, entertain, and inspire audiences and actors alike,” said Vicente. “From her earliest work in
Heavenly Creatures, Sense and Sensibility and Titanic, to Revolutionary Road, The Reader, Mildred Piece 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 honour her extraordinary talents at this year’s Festival.”
Winslet is a five-time Oscar nominee and won the Academy Award for The Reader. Three of last year’s honorees at the TIFF awards gala went on to also win Oscars: Joaquin Phoenix, Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins. Meryl Streep was among the other honorees.
The fest says it will be announcing more names in the coming weeks and will also provide info on how audiences will be able to “experience the awards virtually.” A unique hybrid is being planned for TIFF this year that will mix virtual offerings and a live presence. TIFF says it continues to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and public health officials on the safe execution of the festival, with its No. 1 priority being the health and well-being of both festival attendees and residents of the community.
Meanwhile, we are in the middle of July and Cannes is still revealing its lineup with the announcement Wednesday of the selections for Cannes Classics. The program consists of 25 feature films and seven documentaries (including several restorations among them). Since the Festival de Cannes did not take place, Cannes Classics 2020 will be hosted, in whole or in part, by the festival Lumière in Lyon (October 10-18, 2020) and by the Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cannes (November, 23-26, 2020).
Here is the official lineup for the 2020 Cannes Classics: