Lin-Manuel Miranda has a super power. He collects awards like no one else.
The master of multi-hyphenated musicals has two Emmys, three Grammys, three Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize. With his recent Oscar nomination for Encantohe could achieve EGOT status, all at 42.
Monday evening (March 14), Miranda stopped Jimmy Kimmel Live! to gossip and mock his good fortune.
Disney’s animated film “Dos Oruguitas,” for which Miranda composed the music and lyrics, is nominated for Best Original Song at the 2022 Oscars.
How much does he want this EGOT? Surely he would kill for a shot at glory, Kimmel pressed on top of their spot.
“It’s like statistics,” says Miranda. “When (Spanish tennis champion) Rafa Nadal broke the record for most Opens, he wasn’t thinking about breaking the record. He was just thinking ‘there’s a ball coming at me really fast’. And I have to throw the ball back. And that’s how I feel when I’m writing the song. It’s like someone throwing a ball at me.
Speaking of smashes, Kimmel also asked about the magic ingredients in “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”
Miranda had no idea this would be the global success he has become. “Band numbers are never the hit, you can’t sing them,” he explains. “It’s usually the villain ballad or song or whatever. Group numbers are the things theater kids love that no one else loves, because they can sing it on their night out with the actors.
“Bruno” has cast a spell over sales charts around the world.
The ensemble song – by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and the cast of Encanto – logged five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the second No. 1 ever from a Disney animated film, and the first lead of Miranda, the sole author of the song.
Additionally, it is the first original Disney release to reach No. 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart, where it remained for seven weeks.
During his passage on Kimmel, the couple opened up about Andrew Garfield and reminisced about the wild 2017 Oscars finale, which the talk show star hosted. Miranda also recorded a skit for the late-night show, promoting a “miracle cure” for those struggling under the constant rotation of Encanto songs, a “first of its kind pill”, dubbed Encantix. It’s like magic, just stick the pills in each ear canal. Side effects include exploding jazz hands.