Actress Kerry Washington celebrated her 39th birthday a few days early on Thursday as she was honoured at Harvard University. The Scandal star was named the college’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. Washington was paraded around the university in an open-topped Bentley by members of the theatrical society, dressed in drag. The honour wasn’t all fun and games for the African-American actress, who took a moment during the festivities to talk to reporters about the hot button diversity issue in Hollywood following the recent ‘white-out’ at the Oscar nominations announcement. “What’s great about what is happening this year with the Oscars is it’s giving us an opportunity to talk about these things in a way that’s a little bit more honest than I think we’ve talked about them in the past,” she told Entertainment Tonight.