Renee Elise Goldsberry is on her path to becoming an EGOT after receiving an Emmy nomination for her role in Hamilton. The actress was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Film.
ET spoke with the 50-year-old actress after she was nominated to discuss her EGOT chances, among other things.
What Is EGOT and How Does It Work?
For the uninformed, EGOT status is an unofficial honor bestowed upon only the most accomplished members of the entertainment industry. The abbreviation EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
As one might guess, the only musicians that achieve EGOT status are those who have received one, if not more, of the aforementioned honors. Only a few musicians, such as John Legend, Marvin Hamlisch, and Robert Lopez, have been honored with that distinction.
Goldsberry has already won two of the four prized trophies and has a chance to win a third. She earned a Tony Award for her Broadway performance as Angelica Schuyler. She was also nominated for a Grammy for the cast CD from the same show.
Another EGOT contender in ‘Hamilton.’
Despite winning two of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, Goldsberry was confident that she wouldn’t be the first person in her group to achieve the EGOT. “She said,” she explained. I’m not sure if I’m in the EGOT race. I’m sure I’m in the company of a lot of people who will have one in five minutes.
She was, of course, alluding to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, who is just one Oscar away from achieving EGOT status. She did, however, admit that she would not be able to compete with the skilled actor, who now has five series running.
She claimed she was simply pleased to be in the same room as someone who had attained such a high level of acclaim. Despite being a fan favorite, Goldsberry’s contribution in Peacock’s Girls5eva was missed by Emmy voters.
Nonetheless, Miranda and co-star Leslie Odom Jr. received nominated for their roles as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively, in the Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category.
Goldsberry reminisced about previous victories
Goldsberry admitted to the source that it was difficult for her to envisage winning an Emmy Award because she was still surprised to be nominated in the first place. The actress recalled her Grammy triumph and said she had no idea it had occurred. She went on to say,
I remember being very excited for Lin-[Manuel Miranda] when I stood on the stage that day. I had no clue I’d won a GRAMMY as well. So that simply happened in a really lovely and straightforward manner. On the same note, she reminisced about winning the Tony Award. She confessed that the prize was a celebration of theatre and her enthusiasm for everything going on in the performing world at the moment.
“And now, many years later, we’ve been nominated for an Emmy,” she marveled. She was also ecstatic to be able to share the occasion with the rest of the Hamilton cast.