Lin-Manuel Miranda's Oscar nomination puts him closer to major Hollywood feat: the coveted EGOT

Miranda already has an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022
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LOS ANGELES -- An Oscar nomination is a feather in anybody's cap -- but Lin-Manuel Miranda's nod for "Dos Oruguitas" from Disney's "Encanto" puts him closer to a major Hollywood feat: the coveted EGOT.

Miranda, 42, already has an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony thanks to both the stage and small-screen productions of his landmark Broadway musical "Hamilton" and various other projects.

This is Miranda's second Academy Award nomination in the best original song category; he was previously nominated for "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana" in 2017.

Miranda reacted to his Oscar nomination by saying he was "grateful."

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Just 16 people have achieved EGOT status, including Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Scott Rudin, Robert Lopez, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, John Legend and Alan Menken.

Five individuals have earned their EGOT with one or more of their awards being non-competitive. They include Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, James Earl Jones, Harry Belafonte and Quincy Jones.

The term EGOT was first coined by former "Miami Vice" star Philip Michael Thomas, who manifested in 1984 that he'd secure all four honors within five years. Alas, he never earned any of the trophies or secured nominations for them. Thomas' failed quest for the EGOT -- and his gold EGOT necklace -- were later spoofed by Tracy Morgan's character on "30 Rock."

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This might have served as something of a warning to Miranda, who once told ABC Audio, "I honestly think that the moment you start chasing an award is the moment it goes away."

"I am forever proud of Rita Moreno for being the Boriqua [fellow Puerto Rican] who is the EGOT, and she can stay the Boriqua who is the EGOT as far as I'm concerned," he said with a laugh. "Because she's Rita Moreno, and then there's mere mortals over here!"

Miranda added, "My goal is just to make things I'm passionate about, and that's the only thing that's really worth pursuing. Everything else is gravy -- fun, but gravy."

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