Ah, to be an EGOT. It's one of the most coveted standings among Hollywood's elite. Only 11 stars have achieved recognition by winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, including Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg. (If honorary awards count, technically 14 have earned EGOT status. Add Barbra Streisand, James Earl Jones and Liza Minnelli to the list.) Are any of this year's Oscar nominees, should they win, on a path to earn the venerable title? It turns out yes, if only a few of them (and you can probably imagine which ones).
Interestingly, Best Actress is years ahead of the other three acting categories in terms of nominees nearing EGOT status. Like Best Director, its nominees have a median age of 55 -- eight years ahead of the next oldest category, Best Actor. Best Actress is the only award that includes four previous Oscar winners. (Martin Scorsese excepted, the Best Director nominees have proven less likely to dabble in other media.)
It should be noted that "The Book Thief" composer John Williams' five Oscars, three Emmys and 17 Grammys actually thrust him to the top of the soon-to-be-EGOT rankings. However, if only so as to not make this countdown eons long, we're zeroing in on the acting, directing and original-song nominees. (Sorry, John Williams! Congrats anyway.)
Here are this year's Oscar contenders ranking according to the likelihood that, given the current nominations to the names, they'll become EGOTs: