Lin-Manuel Miranda may win EGOT for ‘Moana’ song but won’t host Oscars

Lin-Manuel Miranda is slated to perform his Oscar-nominated song from “Moana,” “How Far I’ll Go,” with Auli’i Cravalho who gave voice to the title character in this Disney toon. While he is happy to sing on the show, don’t ask him to host it ever. As this long-time fan of the granddaddy of awards shows explains in a guest column in the Hollywood Reporter, “It’s the most thankless task in the world. I have a pretty healthy ego, but it does not extend in that direction. I’d much rather be the guy writing the opening tune than having to deliver it.”

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Indeed, Miranda won an Emmy in 2014 for writing a number, “Bigger!,” that had been performed on the 2013 Tony Awards. He took home won his first Tony in 2008 for the score of “In the Height” and picked up his first Grammy a year later for the cast recording (he repeated in both those races for “Hamilton” last year, also winning a Tony for Best Book of a Musical).

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If he wins Best Song at the Oscars, he will become the youngest EGOT winner in history at age 37. Robert Lopez, the most recent of the 12 versatile talents to pull off this grand slam, had just turned 39 when he won his Oscar for “Let It Go” from “Frozen” in 2015.

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