Streep to receive Toronto Film Festival’s first acting award

TORONTO (AP) — Meryl Streep (pic below) will be the first recipient of an acting award bestowed as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The festival’s organiers announced that Streep will receive the inaugural TIFF Tribute Actor Award during a February 9 charity gala. The glitzy fundraiser will support the festival’s year-around efforts to promote films and the industry’s leading creators.

The actress is the most nominated actor in Academy Award history and has won the Oscar three times.

The award is separate from honours bestowed on films shown at the September festival. Its People’s Choice Award frequently becomes an Oscar best picture contender. Streep stars in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Panama Papers film The Laundromat with Gary Oldman. The film will have its North American premiere at TIFF.