It was announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda has been nominated for an Academy Award for his original song “How Far I’ll Go” from the Movie Moana. Miranda is the talented writer, actor, and performer of the hit musicals In the Heights and the massively successful multi-Tony Award winning Hamilton.
Miranda has been on TV, performed in movies, and wrote original songs and scores for a number of movies. He is an all-around Renaissance man and we celebrate his virtuoso talent with 5 Facts You Need to Know About Lin-Manuel Miranda.
1. “How Far I’ll Go” puts Lin-Manuel Miranda One Step Closer to the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) club
Miranda is one step away from joining the prestigious EGOT club, meaning that he will hold awards for the big 4; Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. His first foray into the award circle was a Tony Award for Best Original Score for his musical In the Heights. He also won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for In the Heights.
Miranda broke the bank with his musical Hamilton. That show earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and was nominated for an unprecedented 16 Tony Awards winning 11 including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book for a Musical.
Miranda also received an Emmy Award for his work with Tom Kitt for their song “Bigger” from the 67th Annual Tony Awards.
2. Miranda wrote Jingles for Eliot Spitzer’s 2006 Governor’s Campaign
Miranda is a prolific writer and performer. He attended Wesleyan University graduating in 2002. He co-founded a hip-hop comedy troupe called the Freestyle Love Supreme and began writing his musical In the Heights. The show was eventually accepted by the Wesleyan student theater company, Second Stage.
Miranda also wrote jingles while he was in High School and was asked to write one for Eliot Spitzer’s 2006 Governor Campaign. He performed in several musicals and plays including Shakespeare.
3. Lin-Manuel Miranda Guest-Starred in Several TV Shows
Miranda took his stage acting and translated it for film and television in several TV guest appearances. He appeared in The Sopranos episode “Remember When”, and played Gregory House’s roommate Alvie in a psychiatric hospital in the season six premiere of House.
4. The Musical Hamilton was based on a rap called the Hamilton Mixtape, which Miranda Wrote
, after reading Alexander Hamilton’s biography
Miranda was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton and composed a rap about Hamilton for the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and Spoken Word. He spent some time composing more songs around the life of Alexander Hamilton including the song “My Shot: which took nearly a year to compose.
Those songs became known as the Hamilton Mixtape; an extended set of pieces based on the life of Alexander Hamilton. Chernow and Miranda won the 2015 History Makers Award by the New York Historical Society for the creation of Hamilton.
The musical Hamilton as we know it premiered off-Broadway in 2015 at the Public Theater. As we all know, the musical blew up from there earned crazy good reviews, and won several prestigious awards.
5. Lin Manuel-Miranda was asked to write songs for the Disney movie Moana
Moana was Disney’s 56th feature animation movie released in 2016. The movie was centered around South Pacific culture. Miranda collaborated with Western Samoan artist Opetaia Foa’i, and Disney alum Mark Mancina to arrange the right sounds for the movie. The songs blend elements of South Pacific culture, pop, and broadway for a very original score.
Miranda performs a duet with Jordan Fisher on the soundtrack song “You’re Welcome” played over the film’s end credits. Miranda was nominated for a Golden Globe, and Critics Choice Award, and was recently nominated for an Academy Award for the song “How Far I’ll Go.”