The EGOT is the “grand slam” of American entertainment awards. It’s an acronym and unofficial designation to describe someone who has won a competitive (meaning non-honorary) Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
Only 12 people have completed the EGOT: composers Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, and Robert Lopez; actresses Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, and Whoopi Goldberg; actor John Gielgud; writer/directors Mel Brooks and Mike Nichols; and producer Scott Rudin.
Plenty of creative types are just one E,G,O, or T away from completing the sweep. Here’s a look at who might be next.
Elton John needs an Emmy
The rock legend has unsurprisingly won quite a few Grammys, and he won a Best Song Oscar for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King and a Tony for scoring the musical version of the opera Aida.
Stephen Sondheim needs an Emmy
The highly influential Broadway composer (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, West Side Story) has a bunch of Tony Awards, and Grammy Awards for cast recordings of his Broadway musicals. In 1991, he won an Oscar for writing a song for Dick Tracy.
Maggie Smith needs a Grammy
Smith isn’t a singer, but she’s a successful actress, with four Emmy Awards, two Oscars, and a Tony to her name.
Jeremy Irons needs a Grammy
Considering he’s got two Emmy Awards for voice-over work, he could feasibly get a Grammy for narrating an audiobook.
Lin-Manuel Miranda needs an Oscar
The creator and star of Hamilton took home a couple of Tony Awards this year (for Best Musical and Best Original Score—both of which he won in 2008 for his last musical, In the Heights). Both shows’ cast albums won Miranda Grammys. And he’s got an Emmy for writing original songs for the broadcast of the Tony Awards in 2014. All he’s missing is an Oscar—which he could be up for as early as 2017. He wrote the songs for Disney’s upcoming animated movie Moana.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone need an Oscar
Amazingly, the two guys who created South Park are incredibly close to an EGOT. They’ve won multiple Emmys for their long-running cartoon series, took home Tonys for their musical The Book of Mormon, as well as a Grammy for the album version of The Book of Mormon. All Parker and Stone are missing is the Oscar—which they were nominated for in 2000. “Blame Canada” from the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, was nominated for Best Song.