As fans of “30 Rock” well know, the EGOT award is the ultimate achievement in the entertainment industry. EGOT is an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, which are the four major awards entertainers can win.

Only 11 artists have won the coveted title, including Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg. Many entertainers have come close, however. Check out this list of strong contenders who could easily make it in the near future.

Matt Stone and Trey Parker

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The creators of “South Park” took on a whole new medium with the musical “The Book of Mormon,” and it turns out they’re just as funny on the big stage as they are on the small screen. Tickets for “Book of Mormon” sold in record numbers and the show garnered nine 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the Year. With Emmys for “South Park” and a Grammy for “The Book of Mormon,” the duo only needs an Oscar to finish off the list. Perhaps when “The Book of Mormon” comes to the big screen?

Al Pacino

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Let’s face it: If Al Pacino wants an EGOT, he’ll get an EGOT. With a best actor Oscar for his 1993 film “The Scent of a Woman,” two Emmys, two Tonys and a host of other awards, he is among the celebrity elite. Although he’s not well-known for his golden voice, we could see him pulling a few strings to get the Grammy he needs to finish off the title. Maybe as a background spoken-word contributor to the next gangster film score, or maybe Mr. Pacino has some instrument talents he’s hiding from us.

Cyndi Lauper

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Some girls just wanna have fun, and others become a huge success while doing it. With a Grammy for Best New Artist, an Emmy for her guest spot on the sitcom “Mad About You” and her recent Tony for “Kinky Boots,” Lauper is in the running for the next EGOT, as well. Although she probably won’t win the Oscar she needs by playing herself in an epic biopic, she could easily take on the best original song category for something like a Bond theme. Or, she could start composing for the next lighthearted comedy-drama with Oscar buzz. Get to it, Cyndi.

Kate Winslet

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The ever-lovely and multi-talented Kate Winslet has probably the best chance of winning an EGOT. She holds an Emmy for “Mildred Pierce,” an Oscar for “The Reader” and a Grammy for the spoken-word album “Listen to the Storyteller,” which means that all she needs is a Tony to earn her title. She has a great singing voice, as evidenced by her single “What If.” All she needs is to get that voice on a Sondheim musical and she’s golden.

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