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Annette Bening to parade through Harvard Square as Hasty Pudding’s 2024 Woman of the Year

The Harvard Crimson reports that former ‘SNL’ star Maya Rudolph was originally selected as this year’s honoree, but had to drop out last month.

Annette Bening discussed her film "Nyad" at 92NY on Jan. 11 in New York. The actress has been named the 2024 Woman of the Year by Harvard's Hasting Pudding.Charles Sykes/Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Hasty Pudding will honor Annette Bening as its 2024 Woman of the Year with a parade through Harvard Square on Tuesday afternoon.

The annual celebration was originally set to take place on Jan. 26 but was postponed due to a “few unforeseen conflicts.” The Harvard Crimson reports that “Saturday Night Live” alum Maya Rudolph was originally selected as this year’s honoree, but dropped out last month.

The parade will take place at Harvard Square in Cambridge at 3:45 p.m. followed by a roast of Bening at 7 p.m., where the recent Oscar nominee and “Nyad” star will be presented with the Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall. The roast will be followed by a press conference and a performance of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 175th production, “Heist Heist Baby,” which Bening will attend.


“We’re absolutely thrilled to honor Annette Bening in this milestone 175th anniversary year for the Hasty Pudding,” Hasty Pudding president Josh Hillers said in a press release. “Hot off her Oscars nomination for Best Actress, we’re excited to present her with the most prestigious award in the entertainment industry.”

Previous Woman of the Year honorees include Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Boston’s own Jennifer Coolidge, who was honored by Hasty Pudding in 2023.

The Harvard University theater organization recently feted “Saltburn” actor Barry Keoghan as the 2024 Man of the Year. Keoghan was in Cambridge last week to receive the award, as well as take part in a roast on stage, followed by a press conference.

Matt Juul can be reached at matthew.juul@globe.com.