Hugh Jackman. Get around the lad from Sydney, folks. Because he’s now on the cusp of claiming one of the most elusive honours in all of Hollywood: The EGOT.
Jackman picked up a Grammy Award earlier this morning in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category for his work on the Greatest Showman OST. While songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul scored their second career Grammy for the soundtrack, as lead vocalist it was Jackman’s first career win at music’s night of nights.
The moment the award was confirmed was captured by Jackman himself, who watched his own Grammy win via a live-stream on his computer.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 10, 2019
Things get real, real interesting now, when you consider the fact that Jackman already has both an Emmy Award and a Tony Award. Which means he is now just one Oscar short of becoming Hollywood’s latest EGOT winner, and Australia’s very first one at that.
Previously, Jackman picked up a Tony Award in 2004 for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as The Boy from Oz during the show’s Broadway run. Jackman also picked up a non-competitive Special Tony Award in 2012 for his services to the awards ceremony itself and theatre writ large.
On the Emmy side of things, in 2005 Jackman was awarded the gong for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his role as the host of the 58th Tony Awards, part of a three-year stint as the Broadway award show’s host that helped land him the gig of Oscars host in 2009.
That puts Jackman an Oscar shy of joining the EGOT ranks, a club which currently sports just 15 members overall.
Jackman has been nominated for an Oscar once before, a Best Actor nod in 2013 for his role in the film version of Les Misérables, however in that year he lost out to Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln. Jackman did, however, win a Golden Globe award for the role. However that is not counted in the EGOT ranks.
Today’s Grammy win puts Jackman in the same breath as the likes of Bette Midler, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Nixon, Quincy Jones, Lily Tomlin, Dick Van Dyke and, unbelievably enough, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, all of whom are one Oscar shy of attaining the EGOT.
John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice were the most recent additions to the EGOT ranks, joining the club at last year’s Emmy Awards.Image: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur