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Anne Hathaway to receive Hasty Pudding award

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar for Rachel Getting Married

Actress Anne Hathaway will receive the 2009 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award, organisers have announced.

The Brokeback Mountain star will be given the award - for "contribution to entertainment" - complete with a parade in her honour on 28 January.

The recipient of this year's man of the year prize has yet to be announced.

The prizes are handed out every year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest undergraduate drama troupe in the US.

Hathaway, 27, who has appeared in films including Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada and Becoming Jane, will lead a parade through Harvard Square to a ceremony at New College Theatre - formerly known as the Hasty Pudding Theatre.

A spokesman for the group told student newspaper The Harvard Crimson that Hathaway had been chosen for her diverse film roles as well as her stage acting.

"That theatre aspect really hit home for us, for the Pudding, and we're so excited for her to come," he said.

Winners are given a golden pudding pot, a tradition dating back to 1795 when 21 Harvard students pledged that each member of their new club would provide "a pot of hasty pudding" for every meeting.

Last year, Bridget Jones actress Renee Zellweger donned a fat suit as she received her woman of the year award.

The 2009 man of the year was Spider-Man and Milk actor James Franco.

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