Just a few days ago, the supremely talented John Legend became the first black man and second black person to achieve EGOT status — meaning he has won all four major American entertainment awards, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, in competitive categories.
Although Whoopi Goldberg and Legend are currently the only black performers to have achieved this, that won't be the case for too long. British-Nigerian actress, Cynthia Erivo is just an Oscar win away from joining this supremely elite club, which only has 15 members.
Erivo landed her big break when she starred in the 2015 Broadway production of The Color Purple, for which she won a Tony for 'Best Actress in a Musical, a Grammy for 'Best Musical Theater Album' and a Daytime Emmy for 'Best Musical Performance in a Daytime Program'.
In November 2016, it was announced that Erivo was going to be starring in Steve McQueen's heist thriller, Widows, alongside Viola Davis, and we immediately started hearing Oscar bells. Well, Widows recently premiered at TIFF, and her performance is already earning rave reviews.
If the praise stays strong through awards season, this could be Erivo's ticket to EGOT status — winning a 'Best Supporting Actress' Oscar for her debut film role. And if she doesn't win for this performance, her role as Harriet Tubman in the upcoming biopic could certainly do the trick
Speaking with LA Times about the biopic, Erivo said:
"It is about to go into pre-production and I am training for it. It is something I’m very, very excited about and slightly petrified about.
I really want to get it right and there are a lot of things I’m being relied on to do. And it’s a huge challenge. I didn’t know I would get this kind of massive role so soon after starting movies, but here we go, I guess."
Other performers of colour who could possibly beat Erivo to nabbing the next EGOT slot include her co-star, Viola Davis, who just needs to add a Grammy to her Oscar, Emmy and two Tonys; as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, who just needs to add an Oscar to his Emmy, 3 Grammys and 3 Tonys.
More EGOTs of colour? Yes, please!