Jason Bateman was named Man of the Year 2022 by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theater on Thursday, the first recipient of the award since 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bateman, an actor, producer and director on the Netflix series Ozark, who also starred in Development caught, will be given his pot of pudding during a February 3 shoot, the troupe said in a statement.
“We would love to present Jason Bateman with the 55th annual Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award. It’s been a hot minute since we gave one of these, so we thought we’d give it to the guy our moms all fell in love with after watching. Ozark, Foundation President Nick Amador said.
The final man of the year is Ben Platt in 2020. Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson.
Bateman, 52, won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series in 2020 for Ozark, two SAG awards for activity Ozark, and a 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance as Michael Bluth in Development caught.
Bateman, whose acting career dates back to the early 1980s, has appeared in numerous television shows and starred in a number of films including Terrible boss movie, Game night, and Identity thief.
Bateman at the age of 18 became the youngest director of the Directors Guild of America, having directed three episodes of Valerie, according to Hasty Pudding Theatricals, dates back to 1844 and calls itself the third oldest theater group in the world.
The Man of the Year award has been awarded since 1967. Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year was established in 1951. Woman of the Year 2022 has yet to be announced. The 2021 recipient is Oscar winner Viola Davis.
The award is given to those who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.