Cynthia Nixon is used to winning votes. The actress has won Emmys, Tonys and a Grammy in her career. All she needs is an Oscar to complete her EGOT grand slam of show business awards, but for now she has her sights set on another prize: the New York State governor’s mansion. If she wins that this fall and then eventually claims Oscar, what should we call that — the GEGOT? Watch Nixon’s official announcement above.
Nixon will first be running in the Democratic primary against the incumbent Andrew Cuomo, who has been the governor of New York since 2011. “Our leaders are letting us down,” says Nixon in her announcement. “We are now the most unequal state in the entire country with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty … Something has to change … We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.” This is Nixon’s first time running for elected office, and early polling puts the left-leaning newcomer at a disadvantage against the established politician, but anything is possible in the era of Donald Trump.
And heck, Trump won the White House when he couldn’t even win an Emmy campaign, and Nixon has two Emmys to her name: Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Sex and the City” (2004) and Best Drama Guest Actress for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2008). Nixon also won Tonys for Best Actress in a Play (“Rabbit Hole,” 2006) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (“The Little Foxes,” 2017). And her Grammy came in 2009 for Best Spoken Word Album for former vice president Al Gore‘s “An Inconvenient Truth.”
If Nixon wins the gubernatorial election in November she would be the first woman and the first LGBT person to lead the state. It almost goes without saying that she would also be the first Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner to lead the state. Do you think she can pull off an upset against the incumbent?