Kerry Washington’s Night Involved Singing Tina Turner and Pie-ing ‘Donald Trump’
There was an elephant in the room at the Women of the Year festivities held by Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatricals. And if popcorn thrown by 2016 honoree Kerry Washington did not fend it off, her impression of Tina Turner definitely blew it away.
The oldest theatrical organization in the United States involved Washington in a series of skits before bestowing her with the coveted pudding pot, an award given to “performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment” since 1951. In the past, the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s theater group honored Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Helen Mirren, and Amy Poehler.
For the 66th Women of the Year, Hasty Puddng Theatricals choose the Scandal actress to receive their oldest award. Her accolades in acting, public service, and civils rights contributed to the decision. For example, before Washington’s role as Olivia Pope, no African-American woman had starred on a network television drama since 1974. “The Pudding is proud to honor a talented and socially engaged film, TV and stage actress who keeps breaking barriers in Hollywood,” the organization released in a statement.
The 2016 festivities included a parade through Cambridge, Mass., an award presentation, a roast with skits, and theatrical performances (Jan. 28). Not only did the Hasty Pudding cast get a chance to showcase their comedic style, Washington too gave a glimpse of her award-winning expertise. Guests caught a case of the chuckles as the Confirmation star battled an actor dressed as an elephant in a popcorn-eating contest. Neither finished their entire trashcan of kernels—possibly because the two began to throw the popcorn at one another. More popcorn ended up in Washington’s boot than in her mouth. Her throwing skills did come through though in a skit involving Donald Trump and a cream pie.
The Save the Last Dance actress also did a snippet of “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” replicating Tina Turner’s voice in the rendition. Indulge in Washington’s vocal capabilities and more below.