There are few certainties in life, but when Meryl Streep is involved, the outcome is almost always WOW. And we’re going to assume this extends beyond her craft and over 40 years of peerless acting onstage, in film and on TV, and she probably does even mundane tasks like making the bed, pouring a bowl of cereal and brushing her hair in a way that’s nothing short of magnetic.
She holds the record for the most Oscar nominations—21!—has won three, scored 31 Golden Globe noms and walked away with eight, and she is about to add to her long, and deserved, list of accolades with the TIFF Tribute Actor Award, which will be handed out during an inaugural gala on September 9.
Now that she’s wrapped her epic run as Mary Louise on Big Little Lies (that scream will haunt us always), she’s starring opposite Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas in Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, a financial drama that follows the historical Panama Papers leak, which makes its North American debut at TIFF.
“Meryl Streep is undoubtedly one of the most talented and versatile actors of her generation,” TIFF Co-head Joana Vicent said in a press release. “TIFF could not be more thrilled to honour such a skilled and exemplary artist.”
The new TIFF Tribute Gala awards event is part of an annual fundraiser designed to help support TIFF’s year-long programmes and continue its mission of transforming the way people see the world through the power of film.
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15.