Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Help His Mom Pick Out Her Oscars Gown - Then See Them on the Red Carpet!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man you know and love for creating the musical sensation Hamilton, just scored his first Academy Awards nomination for Best Original Song for Moana‘s “How Far I’ll Go,” making him only one award away from an EGOT. And the only person more excited than Miranda to attend the show Sunday night (and trust us, he’s excited), is his mom, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda.

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Like all doting mothers, Luz knew her son was destined for greatness way back when he was young, so she secured her seat at the Oscars early! “I remember my mom – as a kid – saying, ‘When you get nominated for an Oscar, I’m your date.’ That’s such a pie-in-the-sky thing to say,” Miranda said on a taping of the Rachael Ray Show. “But she sort of always believed, I think she believed even before I did, so I’m thrilled to get to keep that promise.”

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So now that “the dream came true” and Luz has a ticket secured, the next step is finding the perfect dress. And to ensure his mom would be decked to the nines, Miranda enlisted the the help of stylist Stacy London (yes, of What Not to Wear fame) to give her a total “Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn” makeover and the high-end rental company, Armarium. She wore a black column Escada gown with a white sash accent on the bodice, which is currently available to rent on

The final look was revealed on the Rachael Ray Show, and it left Lin-Manuel absolutely speechless. When he finally brought his jaw up from the floor, he said, “The only awkward part will be when people come up to you and say ‘Congrats on your nomination for Jackie.’ Because she looks stunning!”

For his big night, the nominated songwriter returned to his go-to tuxedo designer, San Marko from Yonkers, New York – the same place he got his prom tux in 1998! His mom looked just as elegant as she did on the show, saying that the whole experience was “amazing.” Both sported blue ribbons in support of the ACLU.

Tune into the Academy Awards, which kick off live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, with a 7 p.m. ET preshow and 8:30 p.m. ceremony. See all the Oscar nominees and get your own ballot here!

What do you think of her final look? Will you be watching for her on the carpet on Sunday?

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