Lin-Manuel Miranda will be taking the stage at the Oscars this Sunday as both a performer and a nominee, and despite having performed on Broadway countless times, he’s okay admitting that he’s a little nervous.
He says, “I remember seeing when Madonna performed at the Oscars, she sang a ‘Dick Tracy’ song and her hands shook, and I was like, ‘Even Madonna gets nervous!’”
But putting nerves aside, Lin is looking forward to taking the stage with Hawaii native Auli'i Cravalho, the voice of “Moana” on the big screen. The pair will perform Lin’s song How Far I’ll Go, which is nominated for Best Original Song, and he says, “What I’m really excited about is performing with Auli'i, who is 16 years old and full of talent. My job that night is to lift her up and say, ‘Hello world.’”
While no one knows who’s going to win or lose Sunday night, one thing is for sure: if he does win, his Oscar will probably end up back at his parents’ house in NYC, where his Pulitzer, Grammys, Emmy and Tonys currently live.