Cynthia Erivo Is Just an Oscar Away From EGOT Status

The Harriet star received two Oscar nominations at the 2020 Academy Awards

By Chris Harnick Jan 13, 2020 1:54 PMTags

Just like that, Cynthia Erivo is one step closer to becoming an EGOT. Erivo is nominated for two Oscars at the 2020 Academy Awards. The star of HBO's The Outsider is up for playing Harriet Tubman in the Harriet biopic, as well as co-writing the song from the movie, "Stand Up."

Erivo burst on the Hollywood scene in 2015 with a tour de force performance in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. She received a Tony for playing the role of Celie on stage, a Grammy for the original soundtrack to the stage musical and an Emmy (a Daytime Emmy to be exact) for a performance of the song "The Color Purple" on NBC's Today. Erivo played the role of Celie overseas in England and came to New York when the production transferred to Broadway. A film adaptation of The Color Purple musical is in the works.

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When E! News spoke to Ervio after her Golden Globe nomination, she couldn't speak about her potential involvement in the movie version of the musical, but she did speak to her potentially reaching EGOT status and how she deals with that attention.

"I always acknowledge it because no one has to say those wonderful things, but, um, I try to not let it be a driving force because, you never know. I didn't know I was going to be three quarters of the way there—at all—by this point, at all. So, I just try and keep doing good work, and if that's what happens, that's what happens. But I'm sort of like, it's not up to me. I can't do anything about it. All I can keep doing is putting good work out, and hopefully if it happens one day, then wonderful," she told E! News.

Watch: Cynthia Erivo on Finding "Harriet's" Voice at 2020 Golden Globes

Erivo has been busy since her success in The Color Purple. She's appeared on Broad City, costarred opposite Viola Davis in Widows, starred in Bad Times at the El Royale with Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges and has The Outsider on HBO with Ben Mendelsohn and Jason Bateman. Erivo is also playing Aretha Franklin in National Geographic Channel's Genius: Aretha. The project is sanctioned by the estate of the late queen of soul.

See more people one award away from the elusive EGOT status below.


Got: An Oscar for "Glory" in Selma, an Emmy for "Letter to the Free" in 13th and three Grammys for "Love of My Life (an Ode to Hip Hop)," "Southside" and "Glory"
Needs: A Tony 

Helen Mirren

Got: An Oscar for The Queen; four Emmys for Prime Suspect: The Final Act, Elizabeth IThe Passion Of Ayn Rand and Prime Suspect: Scent Of Darkness and a Tony for The Audience

Needs: A Grammy

Frances McDormand

Got: Two Oscars for Fargo and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, two Emmys for Olive Kitteridge and a Tony for Good People

Needs: A Grammy

Hugh Jackman

Got: An Emmy for hosting the 58th Annual Tony Awards, two Tonys for The Boys From Oz and a Special Tony Award and a Grammy for The Greatest Showman

Needs: An Oscar

Christopher Plummer

Got: Two Emmys for The Moneychangers NBC World Premiere The Big Event and Madeline, two Tonys for  Barrymore and Cyrano and an Oscar for Beginners 

Needs: A Grammy

Viola Davis

Got: An Oscar for Fences, two Tonys for Fences and King Hedley II and an Emmy for How to Get Away With Murder

Needs: A Grammy 

Ron Howard

Got: Two Oscars for A Beautiful Mind, a Grammy for The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years film and two Emmys for Arrested Development and From Earth to the Moon. He was also one of the Television Academy's 2013 Hall of Fame honorees.

Needs: A Tony

Bette Midler

Got: Three Emmys for Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back, Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas and her performance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; three Grammys for Best New Artist, "The Rose" and "Wind Beneath My Wings"; and two Tonys Hello, Dolly! and a Special Tony Award

Needs: An Oscar

Cyndi Lauper

Got: An Emmy for Mad About You, Two Grammys for Best New Artist and Kinky Boots and a Tony for Kinky Boots

Needs: An Oscar

Dick Van Dyke

Got: Four Emmys for The Dick Van Dyke Show and Van Dyke and Company (plus a Hall of Fame honor), a Grammy for Mary Poppins and a Tony for Bye, Bye Birdie

Needs: An Oscar

Lily Tomlin

Got: Six Emmys for Lily, Lily Tomlin, The Paul Simon Special, Lily: Sold Out and An Apology to Elephants; a Grammy for This Is A Recording; and two Tonys for The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and Lifetime Achievement

Needs: An Oscar

Vanessa Redgrave

Got: Two Emmys for Playing for Time and If These Walls Could Talk 2, Oscar for Julia and a Tony for Long Day's Journey Into Night

Needs: A Grammy

Ellen Burstyn

Got: Two Emmys for Law & Order: SVU and Political Animals, Oscar for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and a Tony for Same Time, Next Year

Needs: A Grammy

Maggie Smith

Got: Four Emmys for My House in Umbria and Downton Abbey, two Oscars for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and California Suite and a  Tony for Lettice and Lovage

Needs: A Grammy

Jessica Lange

Got: A Tony for Long Day's Journey Into Night, two Oscars for Tootsie and Blue Sky and three Emmys for Grey Gardens and American Horror Story

Needs: A Grammy

Kate Winslet

Got: A Grammy for Listen to the Storyteller, an Oscar for The Reader and an Emmy for Mildred Piece

Needs: A Tony

Julie Andrews

Got: Two Grammys for Julie Andrews's Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies and Mary Poppins (plus a Lifetime Achievement Award), an Oscar for Mary Poppins and two Emmys for The Julie Andrews Hour and Broadway: The American Musical

Needs: A Tony

Geoffrey Rush

Got: An Oscar for Shine, a Tony for Exit the King, an Emmy for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Needs: A Grammy

Al Pacino

Got: Two Emmys for You Don't Know Jack and Angels in America, two Tonys for The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? and an Oscar for Scent of a Woman

Needs: A Grammy

Jeremy Irons

Got: A Tony for The Real Thing; three Emmys for Game of LionsElizabeth I and The Great War and Shaping of the 20th Century; and an Oscar for Reversal of Fortune

Needs: A Grammy


Got: A Grammy for "Believe," an Oscar for Moonstruck and an Emmy for Cher: The Farewell Tour

Needs: A Tony

Martin Scorsese

Got: Three Emmys for Boardwalk Empire and George Harrison: Living in the Material World, a Grammy for No Direction Home an Oscar for The Departed

Needs: A Tony

Elton John

Got: An Oscar for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," Tony for Aida and five Grammys (as well as a Legend Award)

Needs: An Emmy

Cynthia Nixon

Got: A Grammy for An Inconvenient Truth, two Tonys for Rabbit Hole and Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes and two Emmys for Sex and the City and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Needs: An Oscar

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Got: An Emmy for the 67th Tony Awards, three Grammys for In the HeightsHamilton and Moana's "How Far I'll Go" and three Tonys for In the Heights and Hamilton

Needs: An Oscar