Lin-MAnuel Miranda withdraws from the Oscars

Lin-Manuel Miranda will not attend the Oscars after his wife contracted COVID-19.

The 42-year-old star confirmed on Saturday (26.03.22) that he would not walk the Oscars red carpet “out of an abundance of caution” after wife Vanessa Nadal – with whom he has sons Sebastian, seven and four – Francisco, aged one, tested positive for the virus, but confirmed that he and the rest of his family were negative.

He announced on Twitter: “I arrived in Hollywood… This weekend my wife tested [positive] for COVID. She is fine. The children I tested [negative]but out of caution, I’m not going to the Oscars tomorrow night. (sic)”

Lin-Manuel’s first film, ‘Tick, Tick… ​​Boom!’ is up for Best Film Editing and its lead, Andrew Garfield, is nominated for Best Actor, while ‘Encanto’ – for which he wrote the songs – is up for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score and Best Original Song for ‘Dos Oruguitas’ and the ‘Hamilton’ star vowed to cheer on both projects while watching the show on TV.

He added: “Applause for my tick, tick… Boom! and the Encanto families with my own family, next to all of you, ALL. -LMM.

The ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ actor’s famous father, Luis Antonio Miranda Jr., also confirmed the news on his Instagram account.

He captioned a photo of his son with Andrew: “After an awards season in Los Angeles every week, Lin-Manuel and the family will be skipping the Oscars.

“Vanessa tested Covid+ and although the rest of us were negative, as we say in Spanish – más vale precaver, que tener que remediar. We will all be together in LA but watching it on TV.

Earlier this year, the ‘In the Heights’ creator admitted he was “happy to write” for whoever presents the Oscars, but he wouldn’t be interested in the job himself and turned it down in the past.

He said: “It’s not something I’m comfortable doing, hosting, mainly because I’ve been lucky enough to work with amazing hosts.

“I wrote for Neil Patrick Harris, I wrote his early issues and his late issues for the Tonys. That’s a whole other thing. He’s great at that, him and Hugh Jackman.

“Actually, I don’t think so – it’s not something I feel confident in.”

This year’s Oscars – taking place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood – will be hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes.

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