27 artists who could reach EGOT greatness

27 artists who could reach EGOT greatness

James Earl Jones admirers his honorary SAG award (not an Oscar). Photo: Associated Press/Alex Brandon, File

This year’s Emmy Awards air this Monday, so you’d better familiarize yourself with the term “EGOT.” If you don’t know already, “EGOT” stands for the entertainment industry’s most coveted awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.

Only twelve entertainers have reached EGOT status, winning all four statues in competitive awards. The last person to EGOT was songwriter Robert Lopez, who sealed the deal this year when he won an Oscar for writing Frozen’s oh-so-popular “Let It Go.” Before him the most recognizable names on the EGOT list were Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks and Audrey Hepburn.

This year’s Emmy awards could be EGOT step number two for Matthew McConaughey. He won an Oscar for last year’s Dallas Buyer’s Club, and he’s nominated for an Emmy thanks to his work on HBO’s True Detective. If he takes home the “Outstanding Lead Actor” award you can bet fans will start plotting the rest of his EGOT strategy.

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All this EGOT talk got us thinking, who else is in the running for EGOT status? Here are our favorites. Some of them may surprise you!

Singer Cher is seen in 1971.

Cher (AP Photo)

Missing a Tony Award:
Julie Andrews
Burt Bacharach
Randy Newman
Martin Scorsese
Barbra Streisand
John Williams
Kate Winslet

Honorary mention: Robin Williams, Ray Dolby

Liza Minnelli attends the fall 2008 collection of Halston during Fashion Week in New York, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008.

Liza Minnelli (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

Missing a Grammy Award:
Ellen Burstyn
Jeremy Irons
Liza Minnelli
Al Pacino
Christopher Plummer
Vanessa Redgrave
Geoffrey Rush
Maggie Smith

Honorable mention: Anne Bancroft, Ingrid Bergman, Jessica Tandy

Elton John

(AP Photo)

Missing an Emmy Award:
Oscar Hammerstein II
Elton John
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Stephen Sondheim

Honorable mention: Henry Fonda

FILE - In this March 16, 2011 file photo, Trey Parker, right, and Matt Stone, co-creators of the Broadway show "The Book of Mormon," pose for a portrait outside the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York. "The Book of Mormon" was the No. 1 show in 2011.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)

Missing an Oscar:
Harry Belafonte
James Earl Jones
Cyndi Lauper
Cynthia Nixon
Matt Stone & Trey Parker
Lily Tomlin
Dick Van Dyke

Honorable Mention: Leonard Bernstein

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