The popular NBC sitcom "30 Rock" introduced to much of the viewing public the concept of the EGOT. Naming the actors who won an actual competitive trophy in the realm of the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony and used to be as easy as snapping your fingers while walking across an NYC playground: Rita Moreno. True, Helen Hayes was the first actor to win an EGOT, but her Grammy came for Spoken Word and not a singing performance which, let's face it, is a purer example of what the Grammy award is all about.
As the Emmy Awards dawn over the Hollywood landscape in 2012, one of the most interesting things to look at is the list of those creative artists who one are just one Emmy Award shy of becoming the latest member of the EGOT club. Just in case you missed it, the EGOT club is made up of those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. It is important to keep in mind that actors are not the only performers capable of joining the EGOT club. This knowledge is vital when it comes to looking at those who have managed to achieve success Oscar's big stage, Grammy's pathetic devotion to the mainstream stage and the Tony stage that only means something to those who visited New York City.
As of the 2012 Emmy Awards, ten creative artists had the GOT but were missing the E. Only one of them is an actor and I think I can pretty much safely say that in this particular case, the actor will remain E-less. Then again, with the magic of computer graphics and the shaky line between what is considered ethical use of intellectual property and tasteless use of intellectual property, I could potentially lose that bet. One might naturally assume that Henry Fonda will not become a member of the EGOT club, but then again who would ever have figured that John F. Kennedy would act in a scene with a Tom Hanks.
Henry Fonda may indeed one day become a Hollywood film legend who wins the top honor for small screen acting thanks to the magic of computers. What is particularly interesting about all nine of the rest of the GOT winners who don't have an Emmy is that it is entirely possible that they could complete the entertainment Grand Slam while dead without the need for geekdom coming to their rescue. Why?
Because of the ten creative artists who lack only the Emmy Award in their grasp for the EGOT, the nine whose name are not Henry Fonda are all musical artists. Think that Oscar Hammerstein will never win an Emmy because he's dead? Ever hear of unfinished symphonies or lost compositions? Somewhere out there hidden inside one of them there storage lockers that may one day be bought by Jarrod and Brandy is, quite possibly, a composition by Oscar Hammerstein that would be absolutely perfect musical accompaniment for an episode of, say, some as-yet-unwritten original drama for AMC about the Yeti or Arabian horse ranchers in Ecuador.
Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber's chances of adding Emmy to their Oscar and Grammy and Tony are more likely. They need only punch out one of their thoroughly pedestrian scores and hand it over to a TV producer instead of a movie producer. Let the GOT-ers race for the E begin!
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