For Lin-Manuel Miranda the fact of being nominated to the Oscars is already a prize. The actor, of Puerto Rican descent, is nominated for Best Song with ‘How Far I'll Go’, from the movie ‘Moana’. "I feel super proud to be part of the conversation, but for me the prize is to be nominated and to go to the party," Miranda said in an interview with Efe. Miranda can barely believe his luck and to make the night unforgettable, he decided to be accompanied by a very special person: his mother. "Being able to go to the awards and find (people dressed in) etiquette and to take my mom who always watched the awards with me since I was little, that's the prize for me."
The actor says that for him, the greatest thing about the night of the Oscars will be to be accompanied by his mother. Photo: Getty Images
The also producer shares the nomination in the category FOR Better Song with ‘The Empty Chair’, from ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’; ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’, from ‘Trolls’, and ‘City of Stars’ and ‘Audition (The Fools Who Dream’, both from the musical ‘La la land’. If Miranda were to win, he would achieve what few have; to be part of the EGOT. That means that the Oscar is the only award missing in his collection, as he previously received an Emmy, two GRAMMY awards and a Tony.
In Hollywood there are only 12 EGOTs and these are: Rita Moreno, Helen Hayes, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Rodgers, Mel Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, Mike Nichols, John Gielgud, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Scott Rudin and Robert Lopez. “(Rita Moreno) is the Latina in the EGOT club, it’s because of her that I noticed the club. Membership to the club does not come with jackets, does not come with money; But Rita Moreno is an EGOT. My hero and friend," says the creator of the renowned musical ‘Hamilton’.
About the song that got him the Oscar nomination, Miranda described that he got inspiration from his personal experiences. "It was one of those moments, because on Moana's trip, she is not someone who hates where she lives, she loves her island, she loves her people, she loves her heritage; But at the same time has this voice inside that is calling her to be something bigger," says the composer. "I felt that. I remember being 16 years old and wanting a life in entertainment and not knowing how to achieve it," he recalls.