Chris Pratt has been named Hasty Pudding’s 2015 Man of the Year.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star will be honored by the oldest theatrical organization in the U.S. at a parade and roasting ceremony at Harvard University on February 6 for becoming ”a bona fide Hollywood heavyweight in the past year.”
News that the 35-year-old actor will bestowed with the prestigious honor comes less than a week after Hasty Pudding announced his Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler as its 2015 Woman of the Year. In a statement the organization said: ”The Pudding is excited to honor a performer who became a bona fide Hollywood heavyweight in the past year, going from lovable supporting roles to headlining two of the highest grossing blockbusters of the year.”
Hasty Pudding president Jason Hellerstein added: ”We vehemently deny that the members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals are obsessed with ‘Parks and Recreation’. There is absolutely no basis to the rumors of ritualistic weekly viewings of the show at the Hasty Pudding Clubhouse. … Joking aside, Chris Pratt’s recent achievements as an actor are outstanding and we could not be more thrilled to host him and celebrate his talent as only the Pudding can.”
Chris shared his excitement on Twitter after the news was announced, joking: ”I still can’t believe Harvard University has awarded me the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Degree in Medicine.”
Last year, the titles were bestowed on Dame Helen Mirren and Neil Patrick Harris, while previous winners include Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Claire Danes, Charlize Theron, Kiefer Sutherland, Justin Timberlake, James Franco and Jay Leno.