Looks like a “star was born” at this year’s TIFF, too. Renée Zellweger has been earning major hype for her committed portrayal of a middle-aged, struggling Judy Garland in Judy and the Canadian premiere saw the entire Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto erupt in a two-minute standing ovation for the stellar performance.
Zellweger reacted with a grateful bow and then returned to her witty form by requesting the audience sit before they messed up her makeup by making her cry. She may perfectly channel Judy in the movie (and in that powder blue coat dress), but her giddy, humble Bridget Jones side still comes out from time to time.
What does one do after a hugely successful premiere at TIFF? Hit the town, of course! But Judy cast weren’t the only ones celebrating on TIFF Day 6; Adam Sandler got a belated birthday gift, Bryce Dallas Howard fangirled over a Canadian legend and Harry Potter—er, we mean Daniel Radcliffe—reunited with an old friend.
Check out all the celeb action from TIFF Day 6 below and relive the excitement of TIFF Day 5 when we spotted the elusive Timothée Chalamet.
The ‘Judy’ cast took a victory lap after their standing-O at TIFF
At the top of her gameNow this is a woman who is proud of her work. Renée reportedly spent the evening celebrating with her cast and snapping pics with anyone who would sit still at the Judy post-screening cocktail reception at RBC House. George Pimentel/Getty Images
Rupert Goold, Renée Zellweger and Finn WittrockWouldn’t you also spend the night standing in front of your likeness on the wall, striking poses as you saw fit? That’s exactly what Renée did, surrounded by her dream team. Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images for RBC
The Judy famOkay, maybe not all night. Apparently she was also the life of the party. That seems fitting. Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images for RBC
Shia LaBeouf, Fan faveAnother celeb feeling the fan love was Shia LaBeouf. Ahead of his Honey Boy premiere, the star was spotted at several points out and about in Toronto and graciously took photos with fans in multiple locations. For a guy who seems pretty inaccessible a lot of the time, it’s nice to see him loosen up. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TIFF
A very Sirius reunionWe’re not crying, you’re crying. Earlier in the day, Gary Oldman’s wife Gisele Schmidt posted this heartwarming Harry Potter reunion. Daniel Radcliffe is in Toronto to premiere Guns Akimbo and Gary, who played Harry’s dearly departed uncle Sirius Black in the films, was in town for The Laundromat. Gary told etalk that he hadn’t seen Dan in 15 years!@giseleschmidtofficial/Instagram
Powerful women directorsMeanwhile, Ellen Page was doing Canada proud by participating in the Power Women Toronto directors panel. Ellen is making her directorial debut at TIFF with her documentary There’s Something in the Water centered around female activists of colour fighting environmental racism. She was joined by fellow directors Kasi Lemmons and Halina Reijn on the panel hosted by The Wrap and Moët & Chandon.Tom Sandler
Bryce Dallas Howard’s reading listTIFF may be about film, but there was at least one celeb who took time out to show Canadian lit some love. In an Instagram post, Bryce shared that she used to listen to the audiobook for Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale on repeat and hyped up the latest addition to Offred’s story. BDH is another female director in town for her directorial debut—her film, Dads, explores contemporary fatherhood through stories from famous dads like Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith and her own, Ron Howard. @brycedhoward/Instagram
Adam Sandler’s belated b-dayAdam Sandler, and his moustache, may have been in Toronto for the premiere of Uncut Gems, but the comedian was awarded an extra special honour for his comedy special while in town too. Rotten Tomatoes bestowed Sandler with a “belated birthday present” in the form of a “90% fresh” rating on his 2018 comedy special, 100% Fresh. @RottenTomatoes/Twitter
The Browns take TorontoJudy wasn’t the only film that got a standing ovation last night. Sterling K. Brown’s Waves also had the audience on its feet and it seems Sterling is exceedingly proud of the accomplishment. He took pics with fans on the street throughout the day and his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe thanked Toronto for all the kindness. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie GyllenhaalMaggie Gyllenhaal took a break from promoting the new season of The Deuce, streaming on Crave, to support her hubby Peter Sarsgaard at his premiere for Human Capital. After the screening, the couple hit the Mira Peruvian restaurant in Toronto for the after-party which we can only assume had some stellar bites!Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for Audi Canada
Maya’s emotional momentPeter’s Human Capital co-star Maya Hawke had an emotional moment heading into the after-party where she shared a sweet embrace with producer Trudie Styler. Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for Audi Canada