We’re pretty deep in Awards season now and the other day I was just mellowing out with a beer and some late night tv, when I came across an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and found out that history might just be made at the Oscars this year. We all know that with the popularity of the Broadway play Hamilton, this guy can write his own ticket, but come the 26th, he might just be in a class of his own.
But first, time to drop a term I just learned and Googled the shit out of: EGOT. It’s someone who’s won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, and it’s a pretty rare individual who can do that. To date there’s only 12 people to have won all 4, and another 5 that are pretty close, but not in the EGOT club due to a technicality.
To date, Miranda has 34 awards to his name, including 3 Tony Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize (on top of Golden Globes, PGA awards and other awards). He’s also the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship, which is a Genius Grant awarded to individuals showing extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. All he’s missing is that elusive golden man. At this Oscars, Miranda is nominated for best original song for “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney film Moana, for which already won a Golden Globe. This means that the odds are good that he’ll take it.
If he wins, that’ll make him a MacPEGOT (his term), and a living legend winning all four awards in a record 8 years, and the only one with this distinction.
So who else is in the EGOT club?