For a man with an opportunity to join one of entertainment’s most exclusive clubs, “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda was surprisingly disconnected from Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations.
Scoring his first Academy Award nomination for his song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana,” Miranda could become one of just 13 individuals to achieve an EGOT, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
But Miranda wasn’t bound up with anxiety over his potential nomination. In fact, he says he’d forgotten all about it.
Miranda is currently in London filming a sequel to the Disney classic “Mary Poppins” and was on his lunch break as nominations were announced.
“I was watching the Australian Open on tape delay and eating tandoori chicken,” Miranda told The Times by phone. “Then my phone vibrated off the table.”
“I still don’t know if Federer won,” Miranda quipped. (He did.)
Though the announcement of the nominations may have caught him by surprise, that’s no indication of Miranda’s excitement of being recognized by the academy.
I’m that kid who used to memorize Billy Crystal’s musical monologues .... I’m that dork.
“I’m not even a little jaded, especially about the Oscars,” Miranda explained when asked if the acclaim from “Hamilton” has made accolades old hat for him.
“I’m that kid who used to memorize Billy Crystal’s musical monologues where he’d make fun of all the nominated films,” Miranda said. “I’m that dork. The fact that I’m going to get to go to the Oscars is actually a crazy big deal.”
WINNER: Best picture; Actor in a supporting role - Mahershala Ali; adapted screenplay | NOMINATED: directing - Barry Jenkins; actress in a supporting role - Naomie Harris; cinematography; original score; film editing(David Bornfriend / A24)
WINNER: actress in a leading role - Emma Stone; directing - Damien Chazelle; cinematography; production design; original score; original song - “City of Stars” | NOMINATED: Best picture; actor in a leading role - Ryan Gosling; original screenplay; sound editing; sound mixing; original song - “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”; costume design; film editing(Dale Robinette / Lionsgate)
WINNER: original screenplay; actor in a leading role - Casey Affleck | NOMINATED: Best picture; directing - Kenneth Lonergan; actor in a supporting role - Lucas Hedges; actress in a supporting role - Michelle Williams(Claire Folger / Amazon Studios and Roadside Attr)
WINNER: Actress in a supporting role - Viola Davis | NOMINATED: Best picture; actor in a leading role - Denzel Washington; adapted screenplay(David Lee / Paramount Pictures)
WINNER: sound editing | NOMINATED: Best picture; directing - Denis Villeneuve; adapted screenplay; cinematography; sound mixing; film editing(Jan Thijs / Paramount Pictures)
NOMINATED: Best picture; actress in a supporting role - Octavia Spencer; adapted screenplay(Hopper Stone)
WINNER: sound mixing; film editing | NOMINATED: Directing - Mel Gibson; actor in a leading role - Andrew Garfield; sound editing(Mark Rogers / Summit/Associated Press)
WINNER: costume design | NOMINATED: Production design(Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros. Entertainment and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment)
WINNER: Makeup and hairstyling(Clay Enos / Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
WINNER: Animated feature film(Disney)
NOMINATED: Best picture; actor in a supporting role - Jeff Bridges; original screenplay; film editing(Lorey Sebastian / CBS Films/Lionsgate)
NOMINATED: Best picture; actor in a supporting role - Dev Patel; actress in a supporting role - Nicole Kidman; adapted screenplay; cinematography; original score(Mark Rogers)
NOMINATED: Actress in a leading role - Natalie Portman; original score; costume design(Pablo Larrain / Twentieth Century Fox)
NOMINATED: Actor in a leading role - Viggo Mortensen; production design; costume design(Cathy Kanavy / Bleecker Street)
NOMINATED: Actress in a leading role - Meryl Streep; costume design(Nick Wall / Paramount Pictures)
NOMINATED: Actress in a leading role - Ruth Negga(Ben Rothstein / Focus Features)
NOMINATED: Actress in a leading role - Isabelle Huppert(Guy Ferrandis / Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
NOMINATED: Original score - Thomas Newman(Jaimie Trueblood / Sony Pictures)
NOMINATED: Foreign language film; makeup and hairstyling(Johan Bergmark / Music Box Films)
NOMINATED: Makeup and hairstyling(Kimberley French)
NOMINATED: Original screenplay(Merrick Morton / A24)
NOMINATED: Original song - “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
NOMINATED: Original screenplay(Despina Spyrou / Alchemy)
NOMINATED: Visual effects; sound mixing(Jonathan Olley / Lucasfilm)
NOMINATED: Animated feature film; original song - “How Far I’ll Go”(Disney)
NOMINATED: Visual effects; animated feature film(LAIKA / Focus Features)
NOMINATED: Animated feature film(Wild Bunch)
NOMINATED: Animated feature film(TIFF)
NOMINATED: Visual effects; sound editing(David Lee)
NOMINATED: Original score - “The Empty Chair”(Manu Brabo / AP)
For Miranda, whose musicals have twice taken home the Tony for best musical (“In The Heights” and “Hamilton”), it’s also a big deal to see Hollywood embrace its musical roots with its celebration of “La La Land.”
“I write musicals for a living. That’s my day job. Those of us who grew up in the ’80s, we’re nostalgic for the MGM period where the musicals would be up against all the other films and had a seat at the table with all the other genres,” said Miranda. “I haven’t seen ‘La La Land’ yet, but I’m thrilled for its success because that just means more. That means more musicals and more people who love this art form.”
While he’s disappointed he hasn’t had time to see more of this year’s crop of nominees, Miranda is anxious for that to change in the future.
“From what I understand, one of the perks of being nominated is you get to be a part of the academy and one of the perks of being part of the academy is screeners, so I’m really down for some screeners right now,” Miranda laughed.
“So, you know, hook a brother up.”