Lin-Manuel Miranda skips Oscars after woman tests positive for COVID-19

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Lin-Manuel Miranda will not attend the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The creative composer has chosen not to attend the Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theater “out of caution” after learning that his wife, Vanessa Nadal, has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Miranda announced his decision via Twitter on Saturday afternoon, adding that he and his children continue to test negative for COVID-19.

“My wife tested this weekend [positive] for Covid. It goes well with her. Kids and I tested [negative], but out of caution I’m not going to the Oscars tomorrow night,” Miranda wrote. “Cheering for my [Tick, Tick … Boom!] and Encanto families [with] my own family, along with all of you, ALL of you.”

The situation is on the brink of a potentially historic night for Miranda. The composer has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category for writing ‘Dos Oruguitas’, a ballad from Disney’s ‘Encanto’. If Miranda beat other nominees such as Billie Eilish, Beyoncé, Diane Warren and Van Morrison, he would achieve EGOT status: an honor in show business, meaning he has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony during his career. . He would be the third youngest in history.

Miranda’s directorial debut “Tick, Tick…Boom!” has also been an important factor during the award season. The Netflix musical has been nominated in two categories at the Oscars: Best Actor for Andrew Garfield and Best Editing.

At the time of writing, it remains unclear whether the Oscars nominees who chose not to attend the ceremony, such as Miranda, will host virtual performances. Variety has asked the Academy for comment.

Produced by Will Packer and Shayla Cowan, this year’s ceremony will take place on Sunday at the Dolby Theater and will be broadcast live on ABC at 8pm ET / 5pm PT and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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