-- This weekend will be the first time “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has attended the Academy Awards, and it comes after a lifetime of watching the show. In a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Miranda recounts the reasons the show has always been special to him.
"I had been seeing myself in this world since I was old enough to do anything," he said. "And it was as if she reached through the screen to talk to me. I was that kid. Even my mother used to say, 'Remember what Whoopi said.'"
Miranda said his view of the Oscars has changed over the years. He realizes the ceremony isn't the "summit of success," but it's still special to him, particularly seeing first-time winners accept an award or veterans of the industry recognized for their legacies.
"I don't think of it as the be-all and end-all," he said. "I think of it as a collection of moments. It's a glimpse behind the scenes of Hollywood and a glimpse of actors and filmmakers being themselves in a very unguarded, public moment."
Miranda is nominated for the first time this year for his song "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's "Moana." The "Hamilton" star has also won two Grammys, three Tonys and an Emmy during his career, and this Oscar would make him the youngest person in history to take all four honors, according to The New York Times.
Regardless of the outcome, however, Miranda said the Oscars continues to be an important part of the filmmaking industry.
"The show inspires people to keep pursuing their craft, or to seek out the nominated films or the overall body of work of the nominees," Miranda said. "And through that exposure, people gain a greater appreciation of what the art of filmmaking brings to our culture."
The 89th Academy Awards will air Sunday on ABC at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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