I’m at the Oscars with Michael J. Fox and a DeLorean while wearing future shoes. All I have to do is sing The Schuyler Sisters song from Hamilton in front of the whole world and I’ll have completed my entire bucket list.
I am so angry for the fact that “How Far I’ll Go” didn’t win as best song, and not only because Lin was the author.
Let’s start from the fact that it is getting so much success, like they pass it on the radio all the time, and people love it; even if it’s not Auli’s version but the other one which is great as well. Then, we have the theme, which is UNIVERSAL. You could substitute the being at the edge of the water, staring at the horizon with anything else and it will work, because it perfectly describes what a young person feels while growing up. It is so relatable and has a fantastic message.
I mean, shouldn’t the “best song” send a message to people? I don’t know you, but every time I listen to it, this song speaks to my soul. It put in music what I feel and holds all the insecurities that we feel as young adult. We don’t know how far we’ll go, but if we listen to that voice inside us, we might know, or get an answer. “How Far I’ll Go” tells you to follow your dreams and do your best, try to be successful, but if you aren’t it doesn’t matter, because you tried and were close to make it.
I don’t know which criteria they follow to give the Best Song Oscar, but I think that the message alone should’ve gotten one, not only a mere nomination, which is a lot too.
Instead, they gave the price to “City of Stars” which is a good song too, but it holds a poor message. It is about a city, Los Angeles, or Hollywood to be more specific; the places where your dreams become true, that holds millions of lights and restaurants and people and music and it’s just magic.
What does it tell you? Nothing. It tells you “hey, go to that city. Your dreams will come true”. In my opinion, it’s a poor subject. Yes, the music is really pretty and even if you listen to it once you’ll sing along.
I find it sad, on one side, we have a song that is in a children movie, that teaches to be your own person and follow your heart, because you will go big, and if you don’t succeed, it’s ok. At least you tried. And on the other, we have a film about success, about showbiz once again. A really pretty film, with catchy songs. But that is, in my opinion, not Oscar material and a bit poor in content. I am not saying it wasn’t good, because it was and Chazelle did an amazing job, he is really good. But this movie, who got success everywhere and is so loved, wasn’t in my opinion Oscar material. There were other movies, like Lion or Moonlight or Manchester by the Sea, to give some titles, that could’ve scored the same number of nominations and even more.
I don’t want to be the alternative, throwing shades on La La Land, because I liked it. I’m just saying that I don’t get all the success it has got, since there were other films that deserved the same amount of success and got shaded by the light on the umpteenth film about Hollywood.
And to add a personal thought: Lin Manuel Miranda had to win because he deserves to be MacPEGOT.
Little things I love about Hamilton, in no particular order
The seamless transition between Winter’s Ball and Helpless
“Did you forget Lafayette?” asks Lafayette with his hair down
All of Hamilton’s monologue in The World Was Wide Enough
The strains of It’s Quiet Uptown that can be heard at the end of That Would Be Enough
Aaron “Talk Less” Burr going off at Hamilton in court “Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?”
Madison’s quiet, sobbed “Please.” after It’s Quiet Uptown
“Call me son oNE MORE TIME!”
All of Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
“Oceans rise, empires fall”
The overlapping melodies near the end of Nonstop, all coming to a head under Washington’s refrain of History Has Its Eyes On You
“I’m not hear for you.”
“Where have you been?” “Uh, France.”
Farmer Refuted, aka Hamilton thinks you can shut your fucking mouth you dumbass
Burr somehow being surprised that Hamilton shows up to his house in the middle of the night
“Meet me inside.”
All of It’s Quiet Uptown
“Washington cannot be left alone to his devices.
“You must be out of your goDDAMN MIND”
T Jeff’s smug ass during The Reynolds Pamphlet
“Siddown JohN YOU FAT MOTHER-”
“Aaron Burr, sir” with every single meaning it has throughout the show
The transition between Hurricane and The Reynolds Pamphlet
“You don’t have the votes”
The transition between Aaron Burr, Sir and My Shot (that brought tears to my eyes the first time i heard it without youtube loading and every time since)
“I’ll show you where mY SHOE FITS”
“John Adams shat the bed”
“That’s an order from your commander.”
“The fact that you’re alive is a miracle”
The fact that Hamilton literally threw away his shot during his duel with Burr
Phillip’s heartbeat during the Stay Alive reprise and it’s subsequent faltering and fading away
The less sad fact that Burr killed Alex because he couldn’t stop talking shit
A. Ham basically telling Burr that he wasn’t sure which bout of shit-talking Burr was referring to during Your Obedient Servant, but I meant every single one of them
Alexander “will destroy everyone including myself” Hamilton making that name true during The Reynolds Pamphlet
Both Burr and Ham sound like they’re gonna cry a little during Dear Theodosia
Aaron and Alexander’s intricate relationship, constantly flickering from sibling to foe to friend
“ ‘President John Adams’, good luck!”
Burr’s awe and bitterness in The Room Where It Happens
“I arranged the menu, the venue, the seating.” for three people
Anthony Ramos plays both Hamilton’s boyfriend and his son?
Take A Break, also called Eliza’s Pretty Sick Of Your Lame Excuses, Spend Some Time With Your Fucking Family
“I know I don’t deserve you Eliza”
“There you are an ocean away, do you have to be an ocean away?”
Guns And Ships, all of it
Actually, all of Lafayette
“John Adams doesn’t have a real job anyway.”
Best Of Wives And Best Of Women, aka Alex Acknowledges That Eliza Is Way Too Good For Him
“Southern, motherfucking Democratic-Republicans!”
Jefferson and Hamilton are literally always ready to fight
Also every single one of Jefferson’s lines
i love everything
i’ve been thinking about this list for almost twelve hours
i love this show
shout out to Lin Manuel-Miranda for making me obsessed with some old dead dude who literally never stopped talking and also happened to help found the country and set up the basis for our monetary system