The Co-heads of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, have announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will be the recipient of this year's TIFF Tribute Actor Award.
"Benedict has portrayed some of the most memorable characters screened at TIFF, whether it was Alan Turing in The Imitation Game or Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate; he also has an uncanny ability to take on interesting, complex roles and make them his own in films such as 12 Years a Slave and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - all of which screened at the Festival," said, Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF. "He has had a lasting relationship with TIFF, including two TIFF People's Choice Award-winning films, and his remarkable range and onscreen presence is sure to captivate audiences at this year's Festival with his upcoming films The Power of the Dog and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain."
The TIFF Tribute Awards honor the film industry's outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator. The Awards also serve as TIFF's largest annual fundraiser to support TIFF's year-round programs and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film.
Meryl Streep, Joaquin Phoenix, Kate Winslet, and Sir Anthony Hopkins are previous recipients of the TIFF Tribute Actor Award.
The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will take place during the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.