Lin-Manuel Miranda Is 1 Step Closer to Achieving the Nearly Impossible EGOT Distinction

Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the all-time great American success stories. A playwright, singer, songwriter, actor, and film director, Miranda has been involved in some of the biggest stage productions of all time — including the smash-hit show Hamilton. Miranda, who has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career, is on the verge of winning a distinction that very few others have. If Lin-Manuel Miranda scores an Oscar in the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, the celebrated playwright will officially become an EGOT winner. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda is on the shortlist to become an EGOT winner

Lin-Manuel Miranda wears a tan jacket and smiles onstage
Lin-Manuel Miranda wears a tan jacket and smiles onstage | Alberto E. Rodriguez

Lin-Manuel Miranda latest project, the animated film Encanto, has earned him an Academy Award nomination for the song “Dos Oruguitas.” As reported by Times of India, if Miranda brings home the award after the results are unveiled on March 27, 2022, the multi-hyphenate will become an EGOT winner. Miranda already has an Emmy, a Tony Award, and a Grammy Award. 

Miranda is up against some stiff competition in the Best Original Song category, with “No Time to Die,” by Billie Eilish, “Be Alive,” by Beyoncé Knowles, and “So May We Start?” by Ron Mael and Russell Mael also up for the honor. If Miranda wins the Oscar for “Dos Oruguitas” and becomes an EGOT winner, it would put him in rarefied company indeed. Over the decades, only 16 people have ever become EGOT winners.

What other high-profile performers are EGOT winners?

Some EGOT winners are well-known to fans around the world, while others haven’t achieved a high level of pop culture fame — although they are no less distinguished. Rita Moreno is probably the best-known EGOT winner, winning the majority of her critical acclaim for her work in West Side Story. According to Parade, some other notable EGOT winners include Richard Rodgers, of the famed composing duo Rodgers & Hammerstein, theater actress Helen Hayes, Shakespearean actor John Gielgud, iconic actress Audrey Hepburn, comic legend Mel Brooks, and multi-hyphenate Whoopi Goldberg.

The most recently-crowned EGOT winners are singer/songwriter John Legend, who became an EGOT winner after winning an Emmy for his role as executive producer of Jesus Christ Superstar Live, and composer Alan Menken, who has won a total of 11 Grammy Awards and a staggering eight Oscars.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is receiving acclaim for ‘Encanto’

Lin-Manuel Miranda has been involved in many beloved projects in the past, from hit musicals like In the Heights and Hamilton, to working as a musical contributor for films like Moana, Mary Poppins Returns, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Most recently, Miranda worked on Encanto, an animated film that has become a runaway hit on Disney+ since being released to the streaming platform in late 2021. The music has undoubtedly been a hit with audiences of all ages, with Miranda receiving the lion’s share of praise for his work on the soundtrack.

Miranda has certainly won his fair share of awards, including, according to IMDb, an award for Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, TV Movie or Limited Series) in 2020, in honor of Hamilton, and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media that he received for Moana. Interestingly enough, however, Miranda has only won one Emmy Award in spite of multiple nominations — and that award he took home in 2014, before he became a worldwide star.

Still, if Lin-Manuel Miranda does become an EGOT winner, it will solidify his status as one of the most elite entertainers of all time, putting him in a category alongside some incredible people.

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