British actress Dame Helen Mirren has been named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
To those unfamiliar with the award it might sound like some kind of bad joke, however the Hasty Pudding awards are very prestigious, handed out only to one man and one woman every year. Harvard University’s theatrical student society, known as The Pudding, has been awarding it since 1951, and it has been won by many successful women such as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Anne Hathaway to name but a few.
Mirren, who won the SAG award for Outstanding Actress this weekend, will be joined by members of Harvard University’s theatrical society on the 30th of January for a parade through the streets of Cambridge, after which a celebratory roast will be held, followed by Mirren being presented with her own Pudding Pot.
“How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organization to offer me their award,” Mirren said in a statement. “As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestations… Suet, Christmas, Treacle, Bread and Butter, Yorkshire, Plum, Figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding.”
Tony Oblen, a senior at Harvard, added “It gives us great pleasure to bestow Ms Mirren with our prestigious Woman of the Year Award recognizing her significant contributions to entertainment. We look forward to welcoming Ms Mirren and celebrating and honouring her achievements in a truly unique and memorable way.”
The Man of the Year will be announced at a later time, who will then be honoured a week later, on February 7.