It is never too early for another awards ceremony, especially just as Oscar season kicks in. Thus the Toronto Film Festival launched the very first Tiff Tribute Gala on Monday night. It makes sense for this massive fest, even if Tiff
already has an award, the People’s Choice Award, that gets a lot of attention at the end of the 11-day event because it has become quite prescient in predicting eventual Oscar-winning Best Pictures and nominees over the years (Green Book
was the surprise audience winner last year). It often is pointed to by pundits as perhaps the first real sign of an Oscar contender, and prognosticators even write pieces trying to predict who will win it.
But as described by Tiff co-head Cameron Bailey
, this new idea came about to essentially morph the festival’s traditional fundraising tribute dinner into one that specifically will “highlight the year’s best films,