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.
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!
Cher (AP Photo)
Missing a Tony Award:
Honorary mention: Robin Williams, Ray Dolby
Liza Minnelli (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
Missing a Grammy Award:
Honorable mention: Anne Bancroft, Ingrid Bergman, Jessica Tandy
Missing an Emmy Award:
Oscar Hammerstein II
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Honorable mention: Henry Fonda
Matt Stone and Trey Parker (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)
Missing an Oscar:
James Earl Jones
Matt Stone & Trey Parker
Dick Van Dyke
Honorable Mention: Leonard Bernstein