Frozen's 'Let It Go' Takes The Best Song Oscar, Robert Lopez Becomes Latest EGOT Winner
Songwriter Robert Lopez achieved a huge career accomplishment this evening when he won the Academy Award for Best Song for his work on the Disney Animated tale Frozen, but in actuality thatís only a fraction of what is actually an even bigger accomplishment. With tonightís win, Lopez has become only the 13th person in history to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, also known as EGOTing.
Lopez shared tonightís trophy with Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who co-wrote the music and lyrics to "Let It Go," the sweeping epic song sung by Idina Menzel that absolutely blew critics and audiences away when Frozen was first released late last year.
In addition to his Oscar, Lopez won two Tonys for co-writing the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon, a Grammy for that playís soundtrack, and a primetime Emmy for his work on the show Scrubs.
"EGOT" was an acronym first put together by actor Philip Michael Thomas, best known for playing the role of Tubbs on Miami Vice. It was his hope that before the end of his career he would have an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, but sadly things did not pan out that way for him. Price does, however, belong to a group that also includes Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Aubrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, and Scott Rudin. Rather than just having you research all of those names and their victories yourself, however, you can just reference the handy infographic we created.
While Michael Thomas may have created the goal of "EGOTing," it was really brought back into the mainstream a few years ago when it became a plotline for Tracy Morganís character on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Sadly clips from the season four episode donítí appear to be available online, but if you feel so inclined you can pay to watch the full thing below:
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