After sweeping the Tonys last month with "The Book of Mormon," Trey Parker and Matt Stone may be on their way to getting the elusive EGOT. That's the grand slam of showbiz peer-group awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
With four Emmys under their belts for animated program for "South Park" (2005, 2007-2009) and four Tonys for "Mormon," these partners and best friends are only missing the Oscar and the Grammy.
At first glance, it may seem premature to call these guys EGOT front-runners, but when next year's Grammys are taken into consideration, things get more interesting. "Book of Mormon" is a shoo-in to win the next Grammy for musical cast album.
That means all they'll need next is the Oscar. Back in 2000, Parker was nominated for an Academy Award for the original song "Blame Canada" from the "South Park" movie. Stone was left off the ballot because he didn't contribute to the lyrics. Now that they're on a hiatus between seasons of "South Park," one wonders if they're eyeing their next movie project. No plans have been announced yet for "Book of Mormon" to be adapted to the big screen, but that's certainly a future possibility.
If Parker and Stone are lucky enough to win the EGOT, they'll join 10 other artists who've won all four industry awards in competitive categories: Mel Brooks, John Gielgud, Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols, Richard Rodgers, Jonathan Tunick and the most recent EGOT winner in 2002, Whoopi Goldberg.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Trey Parker, left, and Matt Stone backstage at the Tony Awards in June. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press