Ozark’s Jason Bateman Named ‘Hasty Pudding Man of Year’


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — “Ozark” actor Jason Bateman is being celebrated as 2022 Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Thursday night’s festivities will mark the first time the award has been presented since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

The ‘Arrested Development’ star also produced and directed ‘Ozark,’ a popular Netflix series. He is the 55th recipient of the theater troupe’s coveted pot of pudding.

The final Man of the Year was Ben Platt in 2020. Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson. The 2022 Woman of the Year, Jennifer Garner, will be honored on Saturday.

Bateman, 52, won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Drama in 2020 for ‘Ozark’, two SAG Awards for his role in ‘Ozark’ and a Best Actor Golden Globe in 2005 for his portrayal of Michael Bluth in “Arrested Development”. ”

Bateman, whose acting career dates back to the early 1980s, has appeared on several television shows and starred in several films, including the films “Horrible Bosses”, “Game Night” and “Identity Thief”.

At 18, he became the Directors Guild of America’s youngest director for directing three episodes of “Valerie,” according to Hasty Pudding Theatricals, which dates back to 1844 and calls itself the third-oldest theater troupe in the world.

The Man of the Year award has been presented since 1967 and the Woman of the Year award was established in 1951. The awards recognize individuals who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment.

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