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Octavia Spencer is named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/18/2017
FILE - This Nov. 29, 2016 file photo shows Octavia Spencer at the 12th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York. Spencer has been named Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. She is scheduled to be honored with a parade through the streets of Cambridge on Jan. 26, followed by a roast and the presentation of her pudding pot. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Nov. 29, 2016 file photo shows Octavia Spencer at the 12th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York. Spencer has been named Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. She is scheduled to be honored with a parade through the streets of Cambridge on Jan. 26, followed by a roast and the presentation of her pudding pot. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar and several other awards for best supporting actress in "The Help," was named Woman of the Year on Wednesday by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

"The Pudding is proud to honor an actress whose depth of talent has captivated audiences with her comedic wit and her graceful portrayals of the underrepresented," the student group said in a statement.

Spencer is scheduled to be honored with a parade through the streets of Cambridge on Jan. 26, followed by a roast and the presentation of her pudding pot.

"We are humbled by her talent and are so honored that our little pudding pot will be sitting alongside Ms. Spencer's Oscar and Golden Globe on her mantle," Hasty Pudding co-producer Adam Chiavacci said.

In addition to her Academy Award, Spencer won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her portrayal of Minny Jackson in 2011's "The Help."

She is currently appearing alongside Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner in "Hidden Figures," a film about the behind-the-scenes contributions of several African-American women in the early years of the NASA program.

She also played Johanna in the "Allegiant" movie franchise.

The award has been handed out annually since 1951 to people who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Previous Hasty Pudding winners include Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn and Helen Mirren. Kerry Washington was last year's recipient.

"Deadpool" actor Ryan Reynolds was named the 2017 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year last week.

Hasty Pudding says it is the nation's oldest collegiate theatrical organization, tracing its roots to the late 1700s.

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