After Director Sean Baker discovered her on Instagram, life has changed forever for Cannabis Entrepreneur-turned-Actress Bria Vinaite. The 24-year-old hailing from New York City walked into her role in acclaimed The Florida Project with no acting experience and in three weeks transformed into tough-talking, hustling single mom Halley, in a performance that won’t soon be forgotten.
While she was just in the City TIFF ’17 promoting her first ever Film with Willem Dafoe and brilliant child actor Brooklynn Prince, she is back to represent the cast and crew of The Florida Project, accepting the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards for Best Picture and Supporting Actor (Dafoe). TIFF’s Cameron Bailey filled hosting duties, quoting many noted female voices in the wake of #TimesUp.
Dressed in a colourful coat and graphic bodysuit by Discount Universe, Vinaite was every bit the colourful personality she exudes online in her Social Media. And she was super gracious to stop for a quick Snap!
Other big winners included: Jordan Peele (Best Screenplay, Adapted or Original, and Best First Feature, Get Out), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lead Actor, Phantom Thread), Frances McDormand (Lead Actress, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Greta Gerwig (Director, Lady Bird) and Laurie Metcalf (Supporting Actress, Lady Bird). Angelina Jolie-produced The Breadwinner won Best Animated Feature with stars Soma Chhaya and Saara Chaudry accepting.
Complete list here.
The Rogers $100k Best Canadian Film Award went to Ashley McKenzie‘s Werewolf.
See some Snaps of Vinaite:
Elevation Pictures release THE FLORIDA PROJECT, now in theatres.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong/Elevation Pictures)
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