The biggest stars who almost have an EGOT

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Three out of four ain’t bad

In awards-happy Hollywood, the highest of all accolades is to be among the few individuals who have received at least one competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — the EGOT. The now 15 legendary artists who have achieved this four-part honor are Mel Brooks, John Gielgud, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Lopez, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols, Richard Rodgers, Scott Rudin, Jonathan Tunick, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice. But there are dozens more who are close to joining the club — including a few who have a very good shot with the Emmys on the horizon. Here are the living stars who are just one teeny, tiny, measly little trophy away from the EGOT.


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The non-competitive winners

First of all, we have to recognize the stars who sort of have the EGOT, having won three competitive awards and almost checked off the fourth box with a non-competitive trophy. They are: Harry Belafonte and Quincy Jones, both of whom have won the film Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award; James Earl Jones, who has the Academy Honorary Award; Alan Menken, who has the Special Emmy Award; Liza Minnelli, who has the Grammy Legend Award; and Barbra Streisand, who has the Special Tony Award. 

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Justin Paul and Benj Pasek

The La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen songwriting duo have everything but an Emmy, but they could check off that last box with a win this year for writing the original song “In the Market for a Miracle” from December’s A Christmas Story Live! If they swing it this September, they’ll be the youngest EGOT winners ever, as well as the fastest — having won their first of the four awards less than two years ago, at the 2017 Oscars.


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Kate Winslet

If she ever takes home a Tony, Winslet will win it all.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda

He’s already got a Pulitzer, for crying out loud! Somebody give this man an Oscar!


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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews doesn’t have a Tony, though she has received three nominations (one of which, for Victor/Victoria in 1996, she declined).


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Lily Tomlin

The star just needs an Oscar to have a full trophy shelf.


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To win the most uncommon accolade, Common needs a Tony.


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Do you believe that Cher doesn’t have a Tony?! 


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Bette Midler

With her 2017 Tony win (and accompanying epic acceptance speech), Bette Midler got one step closer to the full foursome of awards. Now all she needs is an Oscar.


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Martin Scorsese

Scorsese needs to score a Tony to join the club.


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Cynthia Nixon

With everything but an Oscar, Nixon is a candidate for EGOT (as well as for governor).


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Dick Van Dyke

He’s got everything but an Oscar.


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Frances McDormand

In addition to “inclusion rider,” we have two more words to leave you with, entertainment industry: McDormand. Grammy.


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Ron Howard

Howard is just a Tony away from an EGOT.


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Elton John

Can you feel EGOT tonight? Elton John certainly would be able to, if the Television Academy were to grant him an Emmy.


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John Williams

The legendary composer has the most Academy Award nominations of any living person (and the second-most of all time, after Walt Disney) and has won five of them, as well as three Emmys and a whopping 24 Grammys. Bring on that Tony!


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Viola Davis

If Davis scores a Grammy, she will have collected them all.


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Jeremy Irons

It’s pretty appalling that the Grammys don’t have a category for Best Villain Song in a Children’s Movie, and that this nonexistent award never went to “Be Prepared,” from The Lion King. But due to this egregious oversight, Jeremy Irons still needs the G in EGOT.


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Cyndi Lauper

Girl just wants to have an Oscar!


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Helen Mirren

Where the Helen is Mirren’s Grammy?


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Al Pacino

Pacino is one Grammy away from an EGOT.


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Audra McDonald

If McDonald strikes Oscar gold, she’ll join the EGOT club.


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Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer needs a Grammy! And no, he did not sing “Edelweiss” himself! 


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Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith still needs a Grammy to score all four. 


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Stephen Sondheim

The musical theater icon is just one Emmy away from the quartet of statuettes.


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Ben Platt

Dear Oscar: You’re all Platt needs. 


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Cynthia Erivo

All it will take for Erivo to attain EGOT status is an Oscar win.

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