Potential EGOT winner Lin-Manuel Miranda forced to skip Oscars

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Tomorrow night’s Oscars will be the second time, following the 2016 show, where his “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana, was beaten for Best Original Song by The Earthof “City Of Stars”—that Lin-Manuel Miranda was for an Oscar. (Specifically, his Encanto song “Dos Oruguitas” is up for the same award.) (And, yes, if it was us, we would have chosen “We are not talking about Bruno” or “Surface Pressure” instead, but ballads are gonna make Oscar ballads.)

All this means that it is also the second time that hamilton designer Miranda will be ready for the official, but very coveted, EGOT, having already obtained the E, G and T in 2014, 2009 and 2008, respectively. (He is won one or more of every award since, too.) Unfortunately, it now looks like Miranda won’t be around to accept the award (or flash secret signals specific to podcasts in the process) Sunday evening, announcing today that he will be skipping the ewind because his wife, Vanessa Nadal, was diagnosed with COVID-19.

On the positive side, Miranda announced that neither he nor his children had been diagnosed with the disease and that his wife was feeling well.. Even so, caution must prevail: Miranda made it clear that he would not be attending the Big Show, wishing for love and luck to his two Encanto and Tick, tick…boom collaborators.

If he wins, Miranda will become (in absentia) the 17th person to complete EGOT’s treble plus one. Not that there’s any shame in simply being an EGT winner either; Miranda currently shares the distinction with the likes of James Earl Jones, Lily Tomlin, Dick Van Dyke, and the South Park guys, among others.

The Oscars will start at 7 a.m. pm Central on Sunday evening, March 27. the The Academy announced new COVID protocols earlier this weekafter a spike in cases was seen following the UK’s BAFTA awards.

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