Oscar Nomination Puts Lin-Manuel Miranda One Step Closer to an EGOT

The New York Times
January 24, 2017

With an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song on Tuesday, Lin-Manuel Miranda moved one step closer to a rare artistic sweep: the EGOT.

Only 12 other performers have held the title, which they earned by winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

Mr. Miranda’s Oscar nomination, his first, is for the song “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana.” It will compete against two songs from “La La Land,” one from “Trolls” and one from “Jim: The James Foley Story.”

At 37, Mr. Miranda would be the youngest person to have won all four awards.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Miranda thanked the academy and his collaborators on the film and congratulated all the nominees.

“Future congratulations to the kids watching the telecast this year, singing along with their favorite songs, performing epic private concerts for the mirror with a comb or a toothbrush microphone,” he said. “You’re next.”

Last fall, when Mr. Miranda was asked about the possibility of winning all four awards, he pointed out that there were brilliant artists who had not won a single award.

“There are great works of art that won nothing. And Vincent Van Gogh died penniless,” he said. “Awards are not a maker of excellence.”

“But they’re really cool,” the interviewer, from the awards news site Gold Derby, said.

“They’re cool,” Mr. Miranda said.

Mr. Miranda has two Grammys, one for the cast recording to his 2008 Broadway musical “In the Heights” and another for his smash hit “Hamilton.” He has personally won three Tony awards (and his musicals have collected many more). He won an Emmy for his work on the music and lyrics at the 2013 Tony award show.

If he wins, Mr. Miranda will join an even more rarefied group: EGOT performers who also have Pulitzer Prizes. The composers Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch have won all five.

Mr. Miranda, uniquely, has also received a MacArthur Fellowship.