Octavia Spencer is Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (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 honour an actress whose depth of talent has captivated audiences with her comedic wit and her graceful portrayals of the under-represented," the student group said in a statement.
Spencer is scheduled to be honoured with a parade through the streets of Cambridge on January 26, followed by a roast and the presentation of her pudding pot.
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 in Hidden Figures, a film about the behind-the-scenes contributions of several African-American women in the early years of the NASA programme.
Hasty Pudding says it is the nation's oldest collegiate theatrical organisation, tracing its roots to the late 1700s.