Lin-Manuel Miranda, the acclaimed composer, lyricist, playwright and singer behind the Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” has taken his turn in the awards spotlight, with his name coming up regularly in recent years at the Oscars, Tonys, Emmys and Golden Globes. But he’s apparently discouraged about this year’s Oscars after learning that a plan is under way to cut the number of Best Song nominees performed during the ceremony to just two.
As we reported this week, sources are saying only Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” will be performed as the academy seeks to keep the ceremony’s running time under control. The plan would leave out “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
Miranda responded strongly on social media, saying in a tweet: “The 1st time I stayed up to watch the Oscars, it was because I LOVED The Little Mermaid & they were going to sing songs from the movie I loved on The Oscars. If true, and Poppins’ song won’t be performed, truly disappointing. Hostless AND music-less? To quote Kendrick: Damn.”