Lin-Manuel Miranda Oscars

Lin-Manuel Miranda, 'Moana' Perform at the Oscars — Watch and Grade It

Three years after John Travolta introduced the world to “Adele Dazeem,” Disney’s newest princess took to the Oscars stage for a memorable performance.

Auli’i Cravalho, the voice behind Moana‘s titular heroine, shared the spotlight with songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda for a dramatic rendition of “How Far I’ll Go,” one of five nominees for Best Original Song at this year’s ceremony.

Miranda introduced Cravalho (via an original rap, naturally), who belted the show’s main ballad in a long red dress, surrounded by dancers mimicking the sea:

The performance was introduced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who co-starred in Moana as Maui, a shapeshifting demigod who (reluctantly) assists Moana on her journey to save the people of her island. (And are we the only ones bummed Johnson didn’t get to perform his song in full?)

Hit PLAY on the video above to watch footage of Miranda and Cravalho’s performance, then grade it below and drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Good lord, she’s gorgeous and talented. And that dress was stunning. Too bad Dwayne Johnson didn’t come out dressed as Maui and sing 😎😎😎

  2. padraicjacob says:

    I Love the song, but I don’t really understand why they added his prologue.

    • Wordsmith says:

      To be fair, he’s the one nominated for the song – I can see why he’d want to be involved in the performance.

      • padraicjacob says:

        It just seemed like they were bowing down to him because of who he is. I get that he would want to be a part of it, but if anyone else had wanted that they would have said no.

        • catherine says:

          If the song wins tonight he becomes the youngest person to win the EGOT and the 13th person. This is a big deal. I am not surprised they wanted to have him involved in the performance.

          • TVFan says:

            Actually, he would have achieved the even rarer PEGOT. He already has Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy & Tony. The PEGOT has only happened for 2 people so far.

        • CanadianGirl says:

          I enjoyed it. And I’d never heard of him before last night.

    • znachki says:

      The producers of the show make those decisions. I’m sure that they wanted to get him on stage so that they could promote having him on the show.

    • Betsy says:

      He’s having a huge year or two. It makes sense that they figured out a way to include him and was good that she was still able to shine.

  3. Auli’i killed it
    i actually preferred her over alessia cara

    • Wordsmith says:

      Agree. Alessia Cara is generally fantastic, but this was definitely a case of the movie version surpassing the pop cover.
      Reminds me of how everybody forgot about the Demi Lovato version of ‘Let it Go’ almost immediately.

  4. Dominique says:

    she was amazing, can’t believe her voice is so powerful at such an age already.

  5. Lia says:

    Miranda didn’t have to do that intro … Auli’i was beautiful and awesome. Btw, was that Rio’s Olympic Fire making a cameo??

  6. Wordsmith says:

    Kudos to her for barely batting an eye when one of the dancers biffed her in the head during the second verse.