Although Miranda faces some stiff competition — two songs from “La La Land” are also nominated — winning an Oscar would take Miranda to EGOT level within just nine years, which would be the shortest time it’s taken for anyone else to get there. (Songwriter Robert Lopez clinched his after 10.) Miranda also wouldn’t be the first person of Puerto Rican descent to have an EGOT, as actress Rita Moreno has won the four awards.
Miranda has one Emmy, two Grammys and three Tonys. He first won a Tony in 2008 and a Grammy in 2009, both for “In the Heights.” He won a Primetime Emmy in 2014 for the music in the 67th Annual Tony Awards.
He also appears to be the first potential MacPEGOT holder, which includes winning his Pulitzer (which he did in 2016 for “Hamilton”) and his MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” (received in 2015).
According to the Wall Street Journal, two other composers have PEGOTs (so, minus the genius grant): Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch.
After Tuesday’s Oscar nominations announcement, Miranda tweeted emoji displaying the progression of his emotions. He was clearly speechless.