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Joaquin Phoenix to receive Tribute Actor Award at Toronto Film Fest
Joaquin Phoenix (photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic, courtesy of TIFF)
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Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix will be honored at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Phoenix will receive one of two TIFF Tribute Actor Awards at this year’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Taking place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the 44th Toronto Film Fest, the Gala is an annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programs and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film, and to celebrate the film industry’s outstanding contributors. 

With a wide-ranging career spanning over 35 years, Phoenix has starred in such films as The Master, Inherent Vice, Walk the Line, Gladiator, To Die For, and Her. He has been nominated for three 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.​ This fall, Phoenix portrays the title character in Todd Phillips’ Joker, ​a standalone origin story that will have its North American Premiere at TIFF.

“Displaying both raw instinct and consummate technical skill, Joaquin Phoenix is the complete actor, and one of the finest in contemporary cinema,” said Cameron Bailey, co-head of TIFF. “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.”

Joana Vicente, co-head of TIFF, said of Phoenix,. “His outstanding contribution to cinema acts as a testament to TIFF’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film.”

Director Todd Phillips’ J​oker​ centers on the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society.

TIFF previously announced that Meryl Streep will receive the other TIFF Tribute Actor Award, sponsored by RBC. Taika Waititi will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award, and Participant Media will receive the TIFF Impact Award, accepted by founder and chairman Jeff Skoll and CEO David Linde. In addition, there will be a special tribute to multi-hyphenate musician David Foster. The Mary Pickford Award, presented by MGM and honoring a female emerging talent in the industry in celebration of United Artists’ 100th anniversary, will be given to a recipient to be announced shortly. 

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.

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