Kate Winslet receives TIFF 2020 Tribute Actor Award, thanks frontline workers for their dedication

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​Toronto, Sep 24: Kate Winslet, staring in Francis Lee’s film’ Ammonite’, was the proud recipient of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Tribute Actor Award Sept 15 during the 2020 TIFF Tribute Award ceremony, which was streamed internationally by Variety at 8:30 pm ET and telecasted on CTV.

Jodie Foster, who plays Bickle in ‘Taxi Driver” presented the award to Kate and said, “Kate, you are the one that protects us all. She is our lioness. She’s the actor’s actor, the consummate professional, and the one that I love.”

2020 TIFF Tribute Award ceremony, an annual fundraiser that supports both TIFF’s year-round programming, as well as the organization’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film.

Kate used her award acceptance speech to thank frontline workers, acknowledging the lives changed by COVID-19, and express her hopes for a “return to a healthier reality.”

“It does feel very odd to receive the award at the time like this to be giving applause to anyone other than those who have and continued to be at the forefront of the battle against this virus across the world does feel decidedly out of place, said Kate.”

“I really like to take this moment to express my deepest gratitude to the families and individuals who fought and also remain fighting for the past six months and the people who have been struggling and continue to struggle for the past six months. I also salute Tiff for opening up again this wonderful film festival….in providing entertainment and relief to all the people…and trying to change the women’s lives” and added,

“I am extremely proud that Ammonite has been presented at the TIFF. A quite intimate love story of two women with opposite lives, the love that they discover for one another, and the importance of a woman’s integrity and passion. However minor my thoughts may seem to the wider comparatives, my feelings are heart-felt as we endeavor to return to a healthier reality. One that is hopefully altered enough to create space for an abundance of compassion, gratitude, kindness, and respect for each other and humankind regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or faith,” said Kate.

First published in Canadian-Media on Sep 16

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