When it comes to the Emmys,
Golden Globes Grammys, Oscars and Tonys, the rarest feat of all is what’s known as an EGOT, e.g. winning all four prizes. Earlier this year, 39-year-old songwriter Robert Lopez became the youngest member of this club with a Best Original Song Oscar win for “Let It Go” together with his wife Kristina Anderson-Lopez. Other EGOT champs include Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch and Mel Brooks.
Joining them in spirit this week is Hollywood Reporter awards analyst Scott Feinberg. Ahead of this morning’s Tony awards nominations announcement, Feinberg tweeted that he is relocating to New York through early June to chronicle the theater kudos. From Feinberg’s inaugural 2014 Tonys beat column:
I recognize that the Tonys are a very different beast than the Oscars and the Emmys. Few people ever see all – or even most – of the contenders due to geography, cost and timing. The ceremony is not preceded by months of festivals and award shows that offer hints about how things will pan out. And the nominees and winners are not determined by thousands of voters, but rather very few.
Still, at a time when talent jumps between theater, film and television more than ever – Denzel Washington, Michelle Williams, James Franco, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Cranston and Daniel Radcliffe are all appearing on the Great White Way right now – we at the entertainment outlet of record feel that we ought to cover the best of theater as completely as possible. Our theater critic, David Rooney, is already leading the charge. And I can’t wait to join him.
How did Feinberg do with his Tony nominations predictions? Well, in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, he went three-for-five, accurately picking Cranston (All the Way), Mark Rylance (Richard III) and Chris O’Dowd (Of Mice and Men).
Update (11:30 a.m.):
We went ahead and tallied the rest of Feinberg’s 2014 Tony awards major-category predictions. Overall, he went 45-for-56 (80%), or the prognosticator equivalent of successfully breaking a leg.