Creator Of ‘Hamilton’ Says The Oscars Should Get Political

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Lin-Manuel Miranda thinks celebrities should talk about politics during the Oscars.

The creator of the Broadway hit “Hamilton” will attend his first Academy Awards show this weekend where the song “How Far Will I’ll Go,” from Disney’s “Moana,” is nominated for “Best Original Song.” Miranda said during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, that he expects the show to touch on politics when it airs this Sunday. (RELATED: Jimmy Kimmel Admits He Will Get Political At The Oscars, But Hopes To Keep It ‘Light’)

Lin-Manuel Miranda on Hamilton

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“My brain is a compendium of Oscar moments: Tom Hanks’ beautiful acceptance speech when he won best actor for “Philadelphia” in 1994,” Miranda responded. “Roberto Benigni climbing over chairs and wanting to make love to everybody in the world when ‘Life Is Beautiful’ won best foreign-language film in 1999. Kim Basinger presenting in 1990 and telling the audience that one of the best films of the year, ‘Do the Right Thing,’ was not nominated.”

“For her to take a stand, 25 years before #OscarsSoWhite, was incredible — and impressive because time has shown the prescience of that film,” he added. “I expect we’ll see more of that this year. It’s a political time, so I imagine the Oscars will look exactly like your Twitter or Facebook feed.”

“Why should we ignore for three hours what we’re talking about 24 hours a day,” he continued.

Even the host of this year’s 89th Annual Academy Awards show, Jimmy Kimmel, has promised to get political, but added that he plans to keep things “light.”

“I haven’t decided exactly how much I will dwell on that,” Kimmel told People magazine. “A lot of it depends on what happens that week. There are one, sometimes three, new interesting stories coming out of the White House every day it seems.”

“So who knows what will be happening,” he added. “I just hope whatever is happening is light.”

Katie Jerkovich



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