You can win Oscars and Golden Globes and all sorts of other awards, but you've never truly made it until Harvard approves.
Far be it for us to make awards season even more overstuffed with the mentioning of yet another accolade being presented to one of Hollywood's finest, but when the organization behind it is known for putting on cross-dressing musicals, we can't help but give it a little virtual ink.
We're speaking, of course, of Hasty Pudding Theatricals, also known simply as "The Pudding," and the recipient of their 2014 Woman of the Year award goes to Dame Helen Mirren, star of such distinguished cinematicals as "The Queen" (2006), "The Tempest" (2010) and, uh, "Red 2" (2013).
"How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organization to offer me their award," Mirren said in a statement. "As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestations ... Suet, Christmas, Treacle, Bread and Butter, Yorkshire, Plum, Figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding."
Cute what she did there, using terms like "saucy" in reference to "the Pudding." It's appropriate, though, as the longtime Harvard society takes its name seriously ... or at least literally.
With the Woman of the Year award comes a Pudding Parade, which Mirren herself led today throughout the streets of Cambridge. She was apparently a big hit with the crowd as she marched through town accompanied by some of the organizations cross-dressing players.
But she was even more of a hit at the Roast that followed the parade, where she was presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall ... and apparently twerking was involved.
HELEN MIRREN TWERKED IN FRONT OF MY EYES pic.twitter.com/KAMP4ORKN4
— Joey Longstreet (@joeyshortroad) January 30, 2014
Helen Mirren is in good company as the latest Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, an honor that began in 1951 (with Hasty Pudding's Man of the Year starting in 1967). Past winners include Claire Danes, Julianne Moore, Katharine Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Anne Hathaway, with last year's recipient being "Inception" star Marion Cotillard.
Hasty Pudding formed in 1795 as an artistic-minded fraternity that hosted mock trials before putting on their first full production with the tragic burlesque, "Bombastes Furioso," on December 13, 1844. The Pudding collective has put on a production almost every year since, with the all-male company performing any and all female roles in drag.
Previous members include Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Randolph Hearst ... and Jack Lemmon, who utilized his cross-dressing skills to critical and commercial acclaim in "Some Like It Hot" (1959).
2014's Man of the Year will be Neil Patrick Harris, who will receive his award on Feb. 7, right before he starts his own drag debut in the new Broadway production of the musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" this spring.
Watch Helen Mirren with guns blazing in a clip from 'Red 2':