Joaquin Phoenix Set to Receive Inaugural TIFF Tribute Actor Award

Joaquin Phoenix is on quite a roll as of late.

Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF,  announced that the three-time Academy Award nominee will be honored with the TIFF Tribute Actor Award at this year’s festival. The award presentation is part of the Tribute Gala awards event on Monday, September 9 at the Fairmont Royal York.

Boasting an impressive resume that covers over 35 years of work, Phoenix carries a prestige with him that resonates in the diverse characters he portrays. The actor has been nominated for Academy Awards for his roles as Commodus in Gladiator, Freddie Quell in The Master, and Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, for which he won a Golden Globe. Other film credits include The Village, Her, Inherent Vice, You Were Never Really Here, and The Sisters Brothers. This fall he tackles the title role in Todd Phillips’ highly anticipated Joker, a standalone origin story that will have its North American Premiere at the festival.

“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” said Bailey. “Over three decades, he has brought a piercing truth to each groundbreaking role. TIFF is thrilled to be celebrating an artist of his caliber with this inaugural award. We can’t wait for Festival audiences to experience his electric turn in Joker.”

Meryl Street was announced as the other TIFF Tribute Actor Award recipient.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off September 5.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.