Kevin Costner: TIFF is top festival!

Kevin Costner loves being at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The annual movie event is in its 40th year, with Jake Gyllenhaal kicking off proceedings with Demolition yesterday.

The Canadian film festival attracts the world’s biggest stars, and Kevin explained his theory.

“Toronto is really a great place for us to be. Visually, it’s cool downtown, places to eat. I like coming here,” he smiled to Good Morning Britain.

Jennifer Aniston echoed his sentiments, revealing why she loves it so much.

“This festival? I just think it’s an incredible festival. They have beautiful movies come out of TIFF,” she gushed.

Toronto often showcases the films that later attract Oscars buzz, and this year Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl looks set to be a front runner for Academy Awards glory.

Eddie took home gold earlier this year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The Danish Girl is set to show even more of the actor’s talents as he tackles the real life story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, born Einar Wegener, one of the first people to have sex reassignment surgery.

“It was an education,” Eddie recently told Variety of his two years spent learning about the transgender community. “I didn’t understand that gender and sexuality were not related. I was utterly appalled at the statistics [41 per cent of transgender people have attempted suicide]”.

“There are amazing tips on YouTube, in which you can take lessons in shifting your own voice. And then I was like, ‘These are things that Lili wouldn’t have access to.’ For many trans women, it’s about being yourself, and not passing as someone else.”

– Cover Media