Harvard stu­dents honor ac­tress

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Cam­bridge, Massachusetts

Oc­tavia Spencer, who won an Os­car and sev­eral other awards for best sup­port­ing ac­tress in TheHelp, was named Woman of the Year onWed­nes­day byHar­vard 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 Thurs­day, 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 alongsideMs. Spencer’s Os­car andGolden Globe on her man­tle,” Hasty Pud­ding co-pro­duc­erA­dam Chi­avacci says.

In ad­di­tion to her Acad­emy Award, Spencer won a Golden Globe and aBAFTA Award for her por­trayal of Minny Jack­son in 2011’s TheHelp.

She is ap­pear­ing along­side Taraji P. Hen­son, Janelle Monae and Kevin Cost­ner in Hid­den Fig­ures, a film about the be­hindthe­con­tri­bu­tions of sev­eral African-Amer­i­can wom­enin the early years of the NASA pro­gram.

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, KatharineHep­burn andHe­lenMir­ren.

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

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Oc­tavia Spencer, award­win­ning ac­tress.

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