It was confirmed today by Hasty Pudding Theatricals that Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy-winning actor, director and producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be the recipient of its 2016 Man of the Year Award. The Pudding stated in a release today the company, “is excited to honor a performer who is not only a talented actor but also a visionary entrepreneur who developed a revolutionary platform for artistic content creation and distribution.”
The Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake, James Franco, and most recently, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Pratt.
The Man of the Year festivities, presented by Related, will take place on Friday, February 5, 2015. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actor and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888.
A special public event will be held in front of the Hasty Pudding Clubhouse at 96, Winthrop Street at 3:45pm. A press conference will follow the roast at 10 p.m., at Farkas Hall during intermission of the opening night performance of the Pudding’s 168th production, That 1770s Show.
“No emoji can express how excited we are about having Joseph Gordon-Levitt as our 50th Man of the Year,” said Bobby Fitzpatrick ’16, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “We anxiously await Mr. Gordon-Levitt’s arrival, as he begins his slow journey to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals on a small rope from LA to Cambridge.”
“Perusing the impressive list of past Hasty Pudding Men Of The Year, I’m simultaneously struck with intense delusions of grandeur and mild waves of humility,” said Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Fans of Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be able to see him on the big-screen in the next Oliver Stone film “SNOWDEN,” in which he plays Edward Snowden, the American who fled to Russia after leaking classified CIA documents. He most recently starred in THE WALK, Robert Zemeckis’s feature adaptation of the documentary MAN ON WIRE, in which he portrayed Philippe Pettit, the high-wire artist who successfully walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974, as well as THE NIGHT BEFORE, opposite Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie for which he reteamed with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine.
Gordon-Levitt’s additional film credits include: DON JON, opposite Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, which he wrote (Independent Spirit Award-nominee for Best First Screenplay) and was his feature film directorial debut; the English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-nominated animated feature THE WIND RISES, for which he provided the voice of lead character Jiro Horikoshi and the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, in which he played Johnny.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was also featured in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated LINCOLN with Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field; LOOPER, for which he reunited with his BRICK director, Rian Johnson, and starred opposite Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment in the Batman series.
Early in his career, Gordon-Levitt won a Young Artist Award for his first major role, in Robert Redford’s drama A River Runs Through It. He went on to co-star in Angels in the Outfield, The Juror, Halloween H20 and 10 Things I Hate About You.
Gordon-Levitt is also well known to television audiences for his starring role on NBC’s award-winning comedy series “3rd Rock from the Sun.” During his six seasons on the show, he won two YoungStar Awards and also shared in three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Series Ensemble. Following the series, Gordon-Levitt took a short break from acting to attend Columbia University.
Gordon-Levitt founded and directs hitRECord, an open collaborative production. hitRECord creates and develops art and media collectively using their website where anyone with an internet connection can upload their records, download and remix others’ records, and work on projects together. When the results of these RECords are produced and make money, hitRECord splits the profits 50/50 with everybody who contributed to the final production. hitRECord has published books, put out records, gone on tour and has screened their work at major festivals including Sundance and TIFF.
Most recently, hitRECord’s community of over 350,000 artists completed Season Two of their Emmy Award-winning series “Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” a half hour variety program which included short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation, and more.