Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Not Attend Sunday’s Oscars because his wife is COVID positive

Just a day before the Oscars, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced to the world that he will not be attending the Oscars because his wide is Covid positive.

The actor, singer, playwright, and songwriter posted this on his Twitter handle this Saturday.

His tweet stated that his wife is tested positive for Covid-19 this weekend. He also let his fans know that he and his kids are negative and that his wife’s health is fine. The whole purpose of tweeting this was to announce that he will not be attending the Oscars as a precautionary measure. 

Miranda, who is currently 42 years old, is nominated as the best original song contender for “Dos Oruguitas” from Disney’s “Encanto.” This song will be performed live on the Oscars stage by the famous Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra. 

If Miranda wins this award, he will get the EGOT status, which means someone who has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. There are very few artists with the EGOT status. The list includes Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno, and John Legend.

Miranda made his directorial debut with Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical “tick, tick … BOOM!” which has received two nominations, including Andrew Garfield for the best actor and the movie for best film editing.  

The Academy Awards have devised a strict Covid-19 policy for all the guests attending the event on Sunday night. This is the 94th annual Oscars where guests are required to show their proof of vaccination. Not just that, but they are also required to undergo multiple rounds of testing before attending the night’s festivities. 

Meanwhile, award presenters and show performers will be required to take a Covid test, but they are exempted from showing proof of vaccination, as reported by the New York Times on 17th February.

Guests are also required to wear masks. However, the masking requirements will vary at the awards show. It will depend mostly on the seat location, as informed by the NYT.

High-profile nominees and their guests will be seated in a large orchestra section, which is closer to the stage and the TV cameras. They are not required to wear masks.

But guests seated in the intermediate level may have to wear face masks. This also includes guests sitting side-by-side in the fuller seated area.

The 94th Oscars will take place on Sunday and the show is going to be hosted by three women.

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