First off, dear blog readers, I have some sad news. I will not be doing my Oscar die rolls blog this year where I attempt to predict Oscar winners by using die rolls. I just have zero interest in this year’s batch of Oscar bait films, though I am interested in the Michelle Yeoh one. Everything everywhere something something? I may check that one out from my library if they have it or one of my streaming platforms offers free.
I just haven’t been interested in or following Oscar winning movies as of late, also my work schedule has made me more busy – and working later in the day – than usual.
However, as Mariah Carey sang about in that hit song of hers, there are trivia topics that will always be “my baby.” And one of those topics is EGOT winners. It’s one of those trivia topics I’ve described as being like that fine china your Grandma (or mom) might have stored in a cabinet. Sure, it’s pretty, and maybe a bit dusty, and maybe a tea cup has a dead bug in it. But when you clean it, trot it out when company comes, maybe a random person will be like, “Wow, is that Mikasa bone china?”
It’s like when you get an EGOT question in a trivia game. If you’re a player whom has decided to make this trivia topic your “baby,” you’ll feel justified for letting that useless bit of knowledge to clutter your brain when you come through on that question about Rita Moreno, John Legend or Marvin Hamlisch! You’ll feel as proud as Grandma when a younger relative compliments your bone china!
Which brings me to Mr. Alan Menken. Behold his EGOT stats:
Emmy (Daytime) – Outstanding Original Song in a Children’s, Young Adult or Animated Program – Waiting in the Wings” from Tangled: The Series: Rapunzel and the Great Tree (2020).Grammy Awards – Best Recording for Children, The Little Mermaid: Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack; Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, “Kiss The Girl,” The Little Mermaid (1991); Best Musical Album for Children, Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television, “Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, “Beauty and the Beast” for Beauty and the Beast; Song of the Year, “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” from Aladdin; Best Musical Album for Children, Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television, Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television, “Colors of the Wind,” Pocahontas; Best Song Written for Visual Media, “I See The Light,” Tangled.Academy Awards – Best Original Score, The Little Mermaid; Best Original Song, “Under The Sea,” The Little Mermaid(1989); Best Original Score, Beauty and the Beast; Best Original Song, “Beauty and the Beast,” from Beauty and the Beast (1991); Best Original Score, Aladdin (1992); Best Original Song, “A Whole New World,” Aladdin (1992); Best Original Musical or Comedy Score, Pocahontas; Best Original Song, “Colors of the Wind,” Pocahontas (1995).Tony Awards – Best Original Score, Newsies.
If you skipped over all of that I don’t blame you! It was boring enough for me to type up (yawn). Pardon me while I queue up Newsies and take a nap (I’ll bet a young Christian Bale was a cutie in it).
As it turns out, Alan Menken received a Golden Raspberry award for a song from Newsies, which makes him (drum roll), the only human on the planet to have at least one competitively won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award – AND also a Razzie. Looks like Liza Minnelli will have to win a Grammy award in a non-honorary capacity to be able to do the same!