This ‘Encanto’ Song Earned an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song — And It’s Not ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’

Now available on Disney’s streaming platform Disney+, Encanto features original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Although “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is a fan-favorite track from the animated film, this is not the song that earned Encanto and Miranda an Academy Award nomination. 

‘Encanto’ features several original songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda 

Lin-Manuel Miranda attends Disney Studios' premiere of 'Encanto' at El Capitan Theatre
Lin-Manuel Miranda attends Disney Studios’ premiere of ‘Encanto’ at El Capitan Theatre | Frazer Harrison/WireImage

Set in the Colombian countryside, Disney’s 2021 release, Encanto, tells the story of the Madrigal family. A glowing candle blessed each family member with a superpower to share with their village. Well, all except for Mirabel. 

Miranda wrote eight songs for Encanto, each track detailing the adventures of the magical Madrigal family. Voice actor Stephanie Beatriz performed as the loveable Mirabel. She sang on tracks “Waiting on a Miracle,” “The Family Madrigal,” as well as “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” 

However, some Encanto hits were not performed by the voice actors. That includes “Colombia, Mi Encanto,” sung by Carlos Vives. Performed by Sebastián Yatra, “Dos Orugutias” proved to be an essential storytelling moment for Miranda, detailing the adventure of Abuela and Abuelo with its lyrics. 

‘Dos Orugutias’ from Disney’s ‘Encanto’ earned an Academy Award nomination

According to Miranda’s wife, this is one of the best songs ever written by Miranda. This was also the Encanto song that earned an Academy Award nomination. “Dos Orugutias” is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category. 

Other tracks that received recognition in this category include “Be Alive” by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter for King Richard and “No Time to Die” by Billie Eilish.

Additionally, Encanto earned Academy Award nominations in the Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score categories. Songwriter Miranda previously earned an Oscar nomination for his work with Disney’s animated film Moana. That was “How Far I’ll Go,” co-written by the Broadway star. 

Additionally, this song earned the Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song and the ​​Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for Best Song. On the music streaming platform Spotify, this song earned millions of plays from fans. 

‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ is a fan-favorite original song from Disney’s ‘Encanto’

In terms of fan-favorite tracks, the “gossip” song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” takes the cake. The characters described their estranged relationship with the mysterious Bruno in Miranda’s original track. 

The main reason “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” didn’t receive a nomination is because Disney did not submit this track for an Academy Award nomination. Without a way for the Academy to vote for this track, the only song from Encanto eligible to snag an award is “Dos Orugutias.”

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is still a beloved song by many fans, surpassing the popularity of Frozen’s “Let It Go” on the United States music charts. In terms of Spotify streams, this song is the most popular, earning over 135 million plays since its premiere. 

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