Marion Cotillard honored as this year’s Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year

By: Abigail Richards

French actress Marion Cotillard is no stranger to earning praise for her work in films, and now she’s receiving a very prestigious (and fun) award. Harvard magazine reports Cotillard has been selected as this year’s Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year.

The Hasty Pudding Theatrical Awards have been honoring A-list actresses for decades and women not only get a pudding pot award, but also a parade in their honor surrounded by drag queens and students alike. Cotillard was selected for her gripping performance in this year’s film “Rust and Bone.”

In the movie she portrays a killer-whale trainer who is attacked by a whale, leaving her legless from the knees up. The first scene of the film shows her waking up from a coma and realizing she no longer has legs. 

“My feeling was that, in that situation, which is so violent and horrifying, the shock must be so strong that you’re in denial,” the actress told The Los Angeles Times regarding the scene. “And you have to know -even if you don’t want to – whether it’s really true, so you would try to walk. And that’s when you find out.”

Cotillard joins a long line of elite actresses who have earned the Hasty Pudding Award. Stars like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster and Claire Danes have all visited Harvard for this honor.