If Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda lands the Oscar for “How Far I’ll Go” from his score for Moana, he would be the youngest member of that elite awards circle called EGOT — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners. That’s currently a group of 12: Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Scott Rudin and, most recently, at 39, Robert Lopez. Miranda is 37 and also stands to join an even elite-er elite: EGOT winners who also have won the Pulitzer Prize, currently a duet for just two: the late Rodgers and Hamlisch.
“I got the news when I was on lunch break,” Miranda told Deadline today via telephone from London, where he is filming Mary Poppins Returns. “I’d forgotten what time the nominations were and was watching the Australian Open on tape delay when my phone started going nuts.”
Asked whether he’d even processed the idea that the nomination made him an EGOT contender, Miranda said that for him, it wasn’t the most exciting part of today’s announcement. “For me, the thrill is getting to go to the Academy Awards,” he said. “I have no control over whether or not I win. The fun is just going. I’m a big Academy Awards dork. I used to tape and rerun the show over and over, to watch Billy Crystal’s numbers, to get the full-on singing and dancing.”