An EGOT is the motherlode of awards. Having one means you have mastered the four corners of popular media: film, television, music, and theater. Only a handful of people have gotten it in their lifetime (we see you, Whoopi), but an even longer list is for those who are one award away from getting it. Here’s ten of them who are so close they can probably taste it.
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This one is a shocker. Global treasure Julie Andrews has an Oscar (for Mary Poppins), two Grammys (one for her children’s album and a Lifetime Achievement, and two Emmys (for two of her Variety and Non-Fiction specials), but surprisingly still lacks a Tony, even though she is one of the most notable theater actresses.
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Cher has an Oscar for Moonstruck. She has an Emmy for her Farewell Tour Music Special. And she only has one (!) Grammy for her hit song “Believe.” Someone better make Burlesque into a stage show to get her that Tony.
The most recent inductee in the almost-EGOT club, Viola has an Emmy for her role in How to Get Away with Murder, and both a Tony and an Oscar for her role in August Wilson’s Fences. Now let’s just make her read the phone book out loud so she can get a Grammy.
Sir Elton John only needs an Emmy to complete his collection. He has an Oscar for his iconic work in The Lion King, a Tony for Aida, and five Grammys throughout his extensive career.
This is just a matter of time, to be honest. Lin has won the Tony for Musical of the Year twice (!) for In the Heights and Hamilton, which also gave him the Grammy for Best Musical Album. And he has an Emmy for writing songs for Sesame Street. The Oscar for Moana might have evaded him this year, but he will surely be back in just a few months with Mary Poppins Returns.
Marty is one of the biggest and most important film directors ever, but his influence has reached past movies. He has an Oscar, of course, for directing The Departed, three different Emmys for his work in scripted shows and television specials, and, surprisingly, a Grammy for Best Music Film. He only needs to direct a play adaptations of one of his movies to get a Tony.
Dame Maggie Smith (or McGonagall, as I like to call her), an acting legend, only needs a Grammy to complete her collection. She has four Emmys (three of them for Downton Abbey), a Tony for the play Lettice and Lottage, and two Oscars, a Leading Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and a Supporting Actress for California Suite.
One of the most influential musical show composers has a reach far beyond the Broadway stage. But even though Sondheim has an appalling thirteen Tonys, eight Grammys, and one Oscar, he has yet to win an Emmy. All he needs to do is write a catchy TV tune and the Academy will hand it right over to him.
One of our biggest comedic national treasures only needs her Oscar to complete her EGOT. She has six very-well deserved Emmy Awards for her many performances and writing skills, one Grammy for Best Comedy Album, and two Tonys, including a Lifetime Achievement Awards. What does she need to do to get an Oscar?
Kate won an Oscar for The Reader. She won an Emmy for Mildred Pierce. And, get ready for this, she also has a Grammy for her children’s Spoken Word Album. Given that all she needs to complete an EGOT is a Tony, well, it could happen any minute.
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