CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Actor and director Elizabeth Banks was honored Friday as Woman of the Year by Harvard University's famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe with a parade and a celebratory roast.
The “Hunger Games” star rolled through through Harvard Square in the back of a black convertible as students dressed in drag and other elaborate costumes danced through the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
At the roast, troupe members cracked jokes about last year’s reboot of “Charlie's Angels,” which Banks produced, wrote, directed and appeared in, as well as her roles in the popular “Hunger Games” and "Pitch Perfect” franchises.
Banks was then bestowed the award of the evening — a golden pudding pot — and caught a preview of the troupe’s latest show, “Mean Ghouls.”
“This has been a very unique experience,” Banks said after being handed her award onstage. “Thanks for this exceedingly fun retrospective of my career.”
She also threw some friendly barbs back at the troupe, which has made strides in recent years to better represent women in its productions.
Last year was the first in which the troupe, considered the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization, allowed women in the cast. Organizers said this year’s performance also boasts a majority female cast, a female writer and female producers.
“Hasty Pudding is one of those truly progressive institutions,” Banks said. “You know it was founded, and then a mere 175 years later let ladies into the party.”