You know you’ve officially arrived in the acting world when Harvard University awards you the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year prize. It’s not an easy feat to accomplish (although they did give it to Clare Danes last year, so what the fuck?)
This year the traditional pudding pot was given to Marion Cotillard after a parade through Cambridge, Massachusetts, that involved a lot of hoopla, drag queens and probably more fun that any four-hour-long award ceremony in the history of the world.
If you’ve never heard of The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, it’s the oldest undergraduate drama troupe in the country dating all the way back to 1795. Since 1951 they’ve been honoring female entertainers with the parade, traditional roast, then the actually pot is given and everyone “oohs” and “ahhs.” They’ve been doing the same for male entertainers since 1967. It’s basically the best, and Cotillard’s hasty pudding pot is going to look awesome next to the Oscar she won for La Vie En Rose.
So the next time you’re practicing your Academy Award acceptance speech in the mirror, take a moment to reevaluate what you really want. Do you want a statue that stares blankly from your mantle (or wherever people store them), or do you want a pot that you received after a parade thrown in your honor? I’d choose the latter. Everyone wants a parade thrown in their honor. Everyone.
Here’s Cotillard with her newly acquired pudding pot yesterday afternoon after the roast and parade: