Will Lin-Manuel Miranda Perform At The 2017 Oscars? The 'Moana' Songwriter Could Take The Stage
Following a breakout year on Broadway with his smash hit musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda was nominated for an Oscar for Moana. The actor-composer contributed original songs to the animated comedy, and on Tuesday morning the Academy announced that his song "How Far I'll Go" was up for Best Original Song at the Oscars. It's a big get for the talented performer, as he's well on his way to an EGOT, but some may also be wondering if this means Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform at the 2017 Oscars.
Well, that's a tricky question to answer. Though the Academy Awards consistently feature performances of the Best Original Song nominees, technically, that may not include Miranda. In Moana, "How Far I'll Go" is actually performed by star Auli'i Cravalho, and Alessia Cara also recorded a version of the song for the soundtrack, so they are each much more likely to perform. Of course, between this nomination and Moana landing a nod for Best Animated Film, Miranda will probably attend the Oscars, so it's very possible that he could join Cravalho or Cara on stage to play the piano or otherwise accompany them. You can listen to Cravalho's version of "How Far I'll Go" below.
It'd be a shame if Miranda stayed in his seat for all of the Academy Awards, since he is an accomplished performer, having played several roles on stage including Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton and Usnavi in In the Heights, both of which he created and scored. He's also shown off his singing skills at high-profile venues like the White House.
Though "How Far I'll Go" doesn't give him a chance to show off his singing or rapping talents, I wouldn't be surprised if he takes the stage on Sunday, Feb. 26 to support Moana's star and make the performance of this Best Song nominee unforgettable.