Julianne Moore is Harvard's Hasty Pudding 'Woman of the Year'
Despite her recent Oscar snub, "The Kids Are All Right" star Julianne Moore still has something to celebrate. The actress was named "Woman of the Year" by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the drama troupe of Harvard University and is set to receive her honor on Thursday.
The annual prize is given to performers who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to entertainment.
Hasty Pudding spokesperson Learah T. Lockhart told the Harvard Crimson that the group chose Moore because the actress "has made a lot of bold choices in her career." Lockheart says, "She has acted in everything from movies to independent films to theater to television. She has even authored two children's books."
The four-time Oscar nominee, who is known for roles in "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights," and "The Hours," also has some roots to Boston as she's a graduate of Boston University's College of Fine Arts. She also picked up a Boston accent for her multi-episode guest stint on "30 Rock."
Moore will be joined by Jay Leno, Hasty Pudding's "Man of The Year." Leno, a standup comedian and Massachusetts native, hosted "The Tonight Show" between 1992 and 2009, after which O'Brien took over for seven months. Leno regained his position after O'Brien left the network last year as part of an NBC shake-up. The comedian was considered a controversial choice because O'Brien is a Harvard graduate.
A parade and roast for Moore is set to be held on January 27. Festivities honoring Leno will take place on February 4. Previous "Women of the Year" include Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Charlize Theron.