The man who gave us “Hamilton” hopes to add an Oscar to his treasury of awards.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the original star and composer of the Broadway phenomenon, is on the cusp of joining an elite group of performers who have won the grand slam of awards — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, aka EGOT. A win for penning best original song nominee “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana” would make Miranda the lucky 13th EGOT recipient, which would put him in the company of such luminaries as Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg.
Winning an Oscar would be quite the feat for Miranda considering the stiff competition in the original song category, which includes two songs — “City of Stars” and “Auditions (The Fools Who Dream)” — from “La La Land” and the Justin Timberlake smash “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from “Trolls.” A victory would make Miranda’s road to EGOT success — nine years — the shortest of anyone’s. (Songwriter Robert Lopez accomplished the feat in 10 years.)
Miranda won Tonys for his music and lyrics for “In the Heights” in 2008 and for his original score and book for “Hamilton” last year. His Grammys came for best musical theater albums for “In the Heights” in 2009 and for “Hamilton” last year. His Emmy came in 2014 for the music in the 67th annual Tony Awards.