Thanks to 'Moana,' Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Now One Oscar Win Away From an EGOT
By John Boone
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Is An Oscar Away From Winning an EGOT
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How far he'll go, indeed.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize-winning actor, composer, rapper, writer and official MacArthur "Genius," is one win away from joining the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Whoopi Goldberg with an EGOT -- that is, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.
Miranda earned his first Oscar nomination on Tuesday morning, with Moana's "How Far I'll Go" competing for Best Original Song. If he were to take home the Academy Award, he'd not only EGOT, but be the youngest person to do so (at 37) and have done it fastest (in less than a decade).
Here are the E, Gs, and Ts that Miranda has already collected:
Emmy: Miranda won Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics at the 2014 Emmy Awards for his work on the 2013 Tony Awards. Miranda penned the lyrics to Tom Kitt's music for host Neil Patrick Harris' opening song and dance number, "Bigger!"
Grammy: Miranda has two Grammys, his first for Best Musical Theater Album in 2009 for In the Heights and then he took home the same award in 2016 for Hamilton. For the latter, he rapped his acceptance speech. (See it above.)
Tony: Miranda's first notch in his EGOT belt, having taken home his first Tony in 2008 for Best Original Score for In the Heights. In 2016, he won two more Tonys for Hamilton: Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. (Both shows also won Best Musical, though the producers collect those awards.)
All that's left is that Oscar. Unfortunately, what stands between Miranda and his EGOT is a little film called La La Land and that unstoppable song, "City of Stars." Thankfully, we only have one month left until the Oscars air on ABC on Feb. 26.