Lin Manuel-Miranda was so close. Had Moana only won an Oscar for Best Original Song, he might have completed an EGOT, the acronym earned by those who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Too bad he couldn’t score an Oscar for his mad audiobook skills – just check out his Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Hamilton or The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Just 22 people have gotten as far as him. On Sunday, Viola Davis joined their ranks when she won an Oscar for best supporting actress and became the first African American to do so.
This set the audiobook world abuzz. Davis could get an EGOT with a spoken word Grammy–no musical performance necessary. Davis is no stranger to audiobooks. She narrated Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder’s Mother. Stevie Wonder is, of course, one of biggest Grammy winners of all time. Coincidence? I think not!
Narrating an audiobook might be just the ticket for the 13 living actors who need only a Grammy to hit all four EGOT bases. In fact, six other EOTs (Ellen Burstyn, Jeremy Irons, Frances McDormand, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and Vanessa Redgrave) have experience narrating audiobooks. The rest—Jessica Lange, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Geoffrey Rush, Maggie Smith, and Tony Walton—seem like they would make great narrators.
Will there be a mad rush when audiobook publishers realize the marketing genius in picking the right book for any of these EGOT hopefuls? Or will a producer create the most awesome full-cast audiobook of all time by using every single EOT winner, setting them up to win Gs all at once?
Let the bidding wars begin!