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Hasty Pudding honors for Bullock, Downey Jr.

Harvard theatrical group the oldest undergraduate drama troupe
/ Source: The Associated Press

Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr. will receive this year’s Hasty Pudding awards at Harvard University.

The awards, announced Thursday, are given to performers who have made a “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment” by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

Bullock will lead a parade through the streets of Harvard Square on Feb. 12 with Harvard students dressed in drag. Downey will appear Feb. 19 at the opening night of the Hasty Pudding production, “As the Word Turns.”

Bullock’s breakthrough role came in the 1994 hit movie, “Speed,” followed by “While You Were Sleeping,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Bullock, 39, has also starred in such films as “Hope Floats” and “Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.” Her most recent role was opposite Hugh Grant in the romantic comedy “Two Weeks Notice.”

Downey, 38, was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “Chaplin” in 1992. More recent film credits include “Gothika,” with Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz.

Downey also appeared on the television program, “Ally McBeal,” earning a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination.

Last year’s Hasty Pudding honorees were actress Anjelica Huston and director Martin Scorsese.