TFCA Awards Gala

Toronto Life - - Editor’s Letter -

Jan. 9, The Carlu

Host Cameron Bai­ley kicked off the big­gest night in Toronto’s film scene by quot­ing “pres­i­dent Oprah” and “prime min­is­ter Sarah Pol­ley,” and riff­ing on post-We­in­stein malaise. But it was still a night of rap­tur­ous cel­e­bra­tion: film­maker Ash­ley McKen­zie took home the best Cana­dian film prize (and $100,000) for Were­wolf, an in­die flick about a home­less cou­ple in Cape Bre­ton. Ac­cept­ing an award for The Florida Project, ac­tor Bria Vi­naite read a note from its di­rec­tor, Sean Baker: “Ev­ery­one go smoke a blunt and party!” Tak­ing the mike, Bai­ley joked, “Mayor Tory, where are the blunts?”

Vet­eran film pro­ducer Martin Katz In­sta­gram star turned ac­tor Bria Vi­naite Toronto Film Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Peter How­ell Film­maker Charles Of­fi­cer and Hand­maid’s Tale star Amanda Brugel

Big win­ner Ash­ley McKen­zie Toronto New Wave di­rec­tor Don McKel­lar Mayor McSch­mooze with for­mer Rogers com­pa­triot Phil Lind

TIFF top dog Cameron Bai­ley and cult film hero Bruce McDon­ald

Rantin’ man Rick Mercer

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