Lin-Manuel Miranda was not sleeping

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 25, 2017 16:36:22 January 25, 2017 16:36:22

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an “O” away from EGOT. He might not get it. He probably won’t get it? La La Land is the presumed frontrunner in the Best Song category. And Justin Timberlake can’t stop being Justin Timberlake so, as I mentioned yesterday, it might take a miracle.

PEOPLE talked to LMM about his nomination though and he did not claim to be sleeping. He is, however, in London, working on Mary Poppins and it was his lunch break and he was watching the Australian Open. This is why people love him so much. LMM is a nerd about so many things. He’s a musical theatre nerd. But he’s also a West Wing nerd. And a Degrassi nerd. And he’s clearly a tennis nerd. Also, he’s definitely an Oscars nerd:

“No, I’m not gonna lie, I’m excited to go to the Oscars. I’m the kid who used to tape the Oscars and memorize Billy Crystal’s musical monologues. And you know, the Jack Palance running jokes … I used to tape them every year, so I’m thrilled to get to go to the party. And I’m really just so excited for the entire Moana team. I mean, I worked on the movie for the past three years. They’ve been working on it for five years. It’s a wonderful sort of congratulations from many, many years of hard work, so I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Well of course we could count on him to not be like, “Oh, it really didn’t matter because it was just the experience of the experience that was worth the experience”. No, not LMM. LMM is like, f-ck yeah, I want to go to the Oscars. I am obsessed with the Oscars and OF COURSE IT MATTERS TO ME. It matters so much!

You know what’s even better though? Later on, LMM is asked about the competition, and this, THIS is how he shows his work:

“Oh, it’s great. I’ve known Benj [Pasek] and Justin [Paul, who wrote La La Land’s lyrics] a long time. We share an orchestrator, and we’ve shared a lot of laughs over the years, so I’ve been thrilled watching their success. This is going to be their year because Dear Evan Hansen is also a motherf—ing great score, and that’s on Broadway right now. So I think they’re going to have a really great night, and this is going to be great practice for them for June. And then Sting! Sting and Justin Timberlake! What! It’s a crazy category. It’s a mad libs of a category.”

Ummmm….can we be clear about what just happened here? Not only did he say lovely things about the frontrunners in the category, the people who are predicted to win the award instead of him, Lin-Manuel Miranda NAMECHECKED THEIR PROJECT ON BROADWAY. Which tells you that he respects the work of his peers, that he is FAMILIAR with their work, that he knows about their work, that he cares about their work.

The other day I read a tweet about LMM that I can’t f-cking find right now and I’m sorry about that but it was so succinct and perfect, about how yet another way that LMM is successful is that he’s good at being successful. Right? Success, as we’ve seen from so many of them, is hard to manage. And, somehow, in his way, he’s really great at that too. (PS if you know which tweet I’m talking about, please send it to me!)

UPDATE: Thanks for your emails – and your Twitter research! Here are the tweets!






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