How Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family inspired his Oscar-nominated song

Actor Leslie Odom Jr., right, listens as actor Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks during an event with the cast of the Broadway play "Hamilton" in the East Room of the White House, on Monday, March 14, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(ABC) — From “Beauty and the Beast” to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to “Under the Sea,” songs from Disney animated movies have won many Oscars for best original song.

On Sunday night, yet another Disney song is in the running for an Oscar. If it wins, the guy who wrote it will have accomplished a feat only 12 other people have: an EGOT (an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony).

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is nominated for writing “How Far I’ll Go,” from the Disney animated film “Moana,” about a young Polynesian princess.

For Miranda, this Oscar stuff is his childhood dream come true.

“I’m a movie dork, and I’m a big Oscar dork too,” he tells ABC News. “I was the very specific kind of nerd that would memorize Billy Crystal’s musical monologues…so, to be a part of that rigamarole is a thrill, and then also to bring my mom as my date — we used to watch the Oscars every year together.”

“How Far I’ll Go” represents Moana’s desire to pursue her dreams, even if danger lies ahead. To gain inspiration, Lin-Manuel said he had to revisit his past.

“I actually went to my parent’s house [in New York City], locked myself there overnight and wrote the song,” he says.

“I wanted to get in touch with that 16-year-old me, who wanted a life in the movies and in theater,” he explains. “And the distance between 200th St. and that is so impossibly far — it’s about as far as Moana from her ultimate goals.”

Miranda’s competition includes Justin Timberlake, Sting and the team who wrote the songs for “La La Land.”

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