Why "Moana" will get him there.
It's safe to say 2016 was a good year for Lin-Manuel Miranda. His musical, Hamilton, which he wrote and starred in, took Broadway for a major ride. Hamilton shattered record after record, especially at the Tony Awards, where the hip-hop musical took home 11 out of the record-breaking 16 nominations it received, including for Best Musical.
But Miranda's recognition at award shows hasn't stemmed from Hamilton alone. In 2008, his inaugural Broadway musical, In the Heights, was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, winning four, including Best Musical. And both In the Heights and Hamilton won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Then in 2014, Miranda won an Emmy for co-writing the opening musical number for the 67th Tony Awards.
Oh, and don't forget about his MacArthur "Genius" Award and Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Hamilton — you know, as a bonus.
So that only leaves one award left — the ever sought-after Academy Award. Only 12 people have ever received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — or the EGOT. Among those include Mel Brooks, Audrey Hepburn and Whoopi Goldberg. The most recent winner was Robert Lopez in 2014, who received the prestigious honor after co-writing the music for Frozen.
So what does this have to do with Miranda? Nothing, except that he is (most likely) EGOT eligible in 2017. Miranda co-wrote the music and lyrics for Disney's newest animated hit, Moana. After his awesome work with Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year (he composed the new cantina song, "Jabba Flow"), we were all pretty excited to see what else was up his sleeve. And, in typical Miranda fashion, he outdid himself in a massive way with Moana.
The Oscar nominations for 2017 won't be announced until Jan. 24, but seeing as Moana just got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for "How Far I'll Go," we can see this soundtrack is headed for the Academy Awards, too.
But will Miranda win the Golden Globe? My hope is yes; it seems like the most logical and well-deserved choice. However, "How Far I'll Go" is up against some great competition. Trolls, La La Land, Sing and Gold are all nominated for their original pieces. In the end, though, I believe it's going to Moana. But even if the award goes to someone else, the Globes don't determine who's going to win, just who will most likely be nominated.
Award shows love Miranda — almost as much as they love Disney. If anyone is as deserving of this honor, it's Miranda. If (read: when) he does get nominated and win, he'll be the youngest EGOT winner at 37, and he'll have completed his win in the least amount of time — in nine years, slightly one-upping the two records Lopez broke in 2014 (Lopez was 39 when he won his Oscar for Frozen, and he completed his EGOT win in 10 years).
As a playwright, actor, composer and lyricist, he has worked immensely hard for the last several years. Without diminishing the hard work the other EGOT winners have put in (looking at you, Helen Hayes!), Miranda is arguably the most original and groundbreaking artist of our generation.
And even though Moana will most likely get him this esteemed recognition, he's already begun looking ahead to his next endeavors. It's been announced that he will star in the Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, and he's been tapped to serve as a co-producer and co-composer for Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
So even if he doesn't win for Moana, just remember, "He'll Be Back!"
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Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
25 years ago, pop stars and rappers were were expected to stay in their respective lanes. But Mariah Carey proved that hip-hop and pop were a match made in heaven—changing popular music as we know it.
Hip-Hop is pop—not in sound, but rather in terms of influence and authority.
Certainly pure pop—pasteurized and whipped into its ultimate peak in the early 2010s—is still breathing, though despite its name, the genre's reign as the chieftain of popular music has ended.
Drake and Bad Bunny are as much of pop stars in 2020 as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha were in 2012. Spotify reports that, at this very moment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is the most-streamed song in the United States. Immediately following that is trap-pop cut "Mood," a TikTok-famous summer bop by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, two of many rising zoomer rappers who have embraced Hip-Hop's guidance in most melodic forms, like trap-pop, emo rap, alternative hip-hop, and pop-rap. And if that's not enough to give Hip-Hop a throne, Nielsen Music has confirmed that eight of the top 10 artists of 2020 so far are, of course, rappers.