Figured you’d skip this Oscars ceremony because it’s a foregone conclusion that La La Land will win everything? Well, too bad. Lin’s gonna be there. Mark it on your calendar.
The Hamilton composer will sing a duet of his Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go” with Moana actress Auli’i Cravalho during the live broadcast next Sunday on February 26. Sure, the song was a solo in the context of the movie (which Cravalho killed, obviously), but never let it be said that the Oscars ceremony producers don’t know what’ll make people tune in, at least in this particular instance.
*remembers next Sunday and is transported to when he saw even Madonna's hands shake as she sang Dick Tracy on the Oscars*— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 16, 2017
*hands shake* https://t.co/ZBQMgcT44W
Speaking of which, fun story about the song you do hear Miranda on in the movie, “We Know The Way” — initially only co-composer Opetaia Foa’i was supposed to appear on that track, but when Miranda sang the English lyrics he wrote in the demo track, the producers just went ahead and used that in the final mix. There’s video of the moment Miranda is told his voice will be appearing in the film, and it’s absolutely the cutest thing you’ll see this morning.
Let’s hope Miranda wins and we get to see his “Holy cow I’ve officially got an EGOT” dance, too! Although if you wanted to root instead for Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls, Sting’s “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story, or “City of Stars” or “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land (with music by Justin Hurwitz and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), then that’s your prerogative, I guess.