There’s an extra layer of excitement added to the 2017 Academy Awards. The impossibly talented Lin-Manuel Miranda has a serious chance of obtaining the coveted EGOT, cementing his place in entertainment industry history! Wait; but what does EGOT mean? Let us explain!
1. What does EGOT stand for?
The EGOT is the ultimate honor an individual in the entertainment industry could obtain: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award! Obviously, it’s incredibly difficult to achieve this status, let alone get an award in any one of these categories. And yet, there have been people who have risen to this level. Lin-Manuel Miranda might be the next on February 26!
2. Who has an EGOT?
Only 12 people in history have achieved EGOT status, the first being legendary music composer Richard Rodgers in 1960. Actress Helen Hayes followed, the qualifying award a Grammy, in 1977: Best Spoken Word Recording – Great American Documents. Helen is the first woman to EGOT. Rita Moreno also EGOT’d in 1977, with an Emmy: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music – The Muppet Show.
Then there was actor John Gielgudin in 1991, for an Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special – Summer’s Lease, followed by a Audrey Hepburn, who won a Grammy posthumously in 1994. Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Scott Rudin, and Robert Lopez have all won as well.
3. Lin-Manuel Miranda would be the youngest person to EGOT
Seriously! As if his accomplishment weren’t remarkable enough, he’d be the youngest to achieve the EGOT at 37 years old. We’ll see if this happens when the winner is announced for the Best Original Song category. Lin’s song from Moana, “How Far I’ll Go” is up for the Oscar. Fingers crossed.
4. He’d be the person to EGOT in the least amount of time, too
Lin’s achieved a lot in his career, and if he wins at the Oscars, he’ll have EGOT’d in a mere 10 years. That’s absurd. It takes people their whole lives to do this! Take a look at what Lin’s won already:
- Three Tony awards for Hamilton and In The Heights
- Two Grammys for Best Musical Theater Album for both musicals
- One Emmy for composing the opening number of the 67th annual Tony Awards in 2013
5. Who came up with the term EGOT?
EGOT was coined in 1984 by Miami Vice (original) actor Philip Michael Thomas. He started wearing a gold medallion around his neck that said “EGOT”, and told press that he was going to win them all “in the next five years.” Unfortunately, he has yet to win any.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Lin will EGOT at the 2017 Oscars? Tell us in the comments!