Lin-Manuel Miranda Not Attending Oscars Due to Wife Testing Postive for COVID-19

Prolific songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is nominated for an Oscar for his song “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto, will not be attending the ceremony tonight after his wife tested positive for COVID-19, according to Deadline.

What’s Happening:

  • Miranda tweeted yesterday saying that his wife has tested positive for COVID-19, and while he and his kids remain negative, he said he wouldn't be attending the Oscars “out of caution.”

  • His wife is “doing fine,” he noted.
  • Miranda’s directorial debut, Tick, Tick … BOOM! is also up for two Oscars.
  • His contributions to Encanto have helped that film get a nod for Best Animated Feature, while also being stuck in everyone’s head for the last few months.
  • Los Angeles still requires masks and vaccine verification at large indoor events of more than 1,000 people, such as the Oscars.

More on the 94th Oscars:

  • Check out our recap of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ panel on Animated Features at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon is nominated for a Best Animated Film Oscar at the upcoming 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 27th, and a new video from the Oscars YouTube page has one of the film’s directors, Carlos Lopez-Estrada and Head of Story Fawn Veerasunthorn breaking down a scene.
  • Rachel Zegler, the star of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated West Side Story, recently revealed that she was not invited to attend the 94th Academy Awards. Following internet backlash over the decision, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited Zegler to be a presenter at the ceremony.

The 94th Academy Awards air live from Hollywood tonight on ABC!