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Meet the BEGOTs: These Actors Are Going for Gold at the BAFTAs

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If an EGOT – the elusive combination of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony that only 11 individuals have ever claimed – is one of Hollywood’s highest honors, then it stands to reason that a BEGOT (that’s an EGOT plus a BAFTA, and yes we did just make it up) is an even more impressive accomplishment. It’s one better, is it not?

By our count, a mere four people have ever completed a BEGOT, and shockingly, only two of them were Brits: Audrey Hepburn, John Gielgud, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg. Still, nearly every artist in Hollywood should aspire towards a BEGOT (once they hear about it, that is), and Sunday night’s BAFTA Film Awards offer a number of artists the chance to check off the next box in the BEGOT checklist.

Below, see the five stars working on their BEGOTs at the 2014 BAFTAs. Only one of them is British, which just goes to show you that the BEGOTs belong to us all, guv’nah.


Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event
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Portion of BEGOT Completed: 2/5 (Emmy, Oscar)

Nominated at the BAFTAs for: Best leading actor for Captain Phillips

Previous BAFTA Nominations: Three (Best leading actor for Castaway, best leading actor for Saving Private Ryan and best actor for Forrest Gump)

Christian Bale

Christian Bale at the 2011 Academy Awards
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Portion of BEGOT Completed: 1/5 (Oscar)

Nominated at the BAFTAs for: Best leading actor for American Hustle

Previous BAFTA Nominations: One (Best supporting actor for The Fighter)

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock
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Portion of BEGOT Completed: 1/5 (Oscar)

Nominated at the BAFTAs for: Best leading actress for Gravity

Previous BAFTA Nominations: None

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence after the 2013 BAFTAs
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Portion of BEGOT Completed: 1/5 (Oscar)

Nominated at the BAFTAs for: Best leading actress for American Hustle

Previous BAFTA Nominations: One (Best leading actress for Silver Linings Playbook)

Matt Damon

Matt Damon
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Portion of BEGOT Completed: 1/5 (Oscar)

Nominated at the BAFTAs for: Best supporting actor for Behind the Candelabra (released theatrically in Britain)

Previous BAFTA Nominations: None

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