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Annette Bening is Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year. (Photo via Hasty Pudding)

After honoring Barry Keoghan as Man of the Year last week, Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals will be honoring its Woman of the Year Annette Bening on Tuesday.

The Pudding is the oldest theatrical company in the United States and the third oldest in the world. The Woman of the Year Award was established in 1951 to honor performers who have made a major impact on the world of entertainment, with past winners including Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Last year, Jennifer Coolidge won the award. In 1967, the companion Man of the Year Award was established.

“The Pudding is absolutely thrilled to honor Annette Bening – hot off of her Academy Awards nomination for Best Actress – as our 74th Woman of the Year,” Hasty Pudding Theatricals President Josh Hillers said in a press release.

Originally, Maya Rudolph was named the 74th Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year and the festivities were scheduled for Jan. 26, but when she dropped out, the celebration was postponed. Bening was named as the new honoree on Jan. 31.

Bening most recently starred in 2023 Netflix thriller “Nyad,” as Diana Nyad, a 67-year-old marathon swimmer who attempts to be the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Other recent credits include 2022’s “Death on the Nile” and 2019’s “Captain Marvel.” For “Nyad,” she earned her fifth Oscar nomination and her eighth Golden Globe nomination. She also has two Golden Globe wins, for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for “Being Julia” in 2004 and “The Kids Are All Right” in 2010.

Barry Keoghan is Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man of the Year. (Photo: Christian Tierney via Hasty Pudding)

“Saltburn” star Barry Keoghan was probably the most-talked-about man on the Internet for about two weeks at the end of 2023 before becoming the Hasty’s Man of the Year on Friday. He follows 2023’s choice of Bob Odenkirk.

Keoghan is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, SAG Award-nominated actor whose credits include “Dunkirk,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Banshees of Inisherin,” for which he won the Bafta Award for Best Supporting Actor as Dominic.

Originally from Ireland, Keoghan was named No. 27 on a list of Ireland’s greatest film actors by “The Irish Times” in 2020. He’s currently co-starring in the AppleTV+ series “Master of The Air,” about the United States’ Mighty Eighth Air Force during World War II.

Like Keoghan’s festivities, Bening’s night at Harvard includes a celebratory roast, the presentation of her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, and a performance of The Pudding’s 175th annual comedy musical, “Heist Heist Baby,” written by Sophie Garrigus and Maddie Dowd.

“Her impressive range as an actress and long list of accolades makes it pretty tough to come up with material for our historic Hasty Pudding roast,” producer Hannah Frazer said.