Moana actress Auli'i Cravalho sang the Oscar-nominated song "How Far I'll Go" at tonight's Academy Awards but got a little more than she expected when she was struck in the head by a flying blue sheet.
Just 16 years old, Cravalho impressed audiences in more ways than one tonight. She voiced the lead role of Moana, and it was delightful to see her precious face fill with determination and joy as she belted out the song, written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
With a dozen or so dancers behind Cravalho wielding aqua-blue sheets to represent undulating ocean waves, it must have come as quite a surprise to her when one "wave" slapped her on the head. Luckily, Cravalho didn't appear to be injured and kept singing as if nothing happened. Pretty smooth for such a young performer. We could even say it was very princess-like.
Cravalho's right eye simply winces as the sheet whips the side of her head, proving she's a real pro. The Twitter-sphere agreed.
Auli'i Cravalho is only 16, just got smacked in the head during a live performance, and kept singing her heart out. Be like Auli'i! #oscars— Erin Downey Howerton (@hybridlib) February 27, 2017
AULI'I CRAVALHO LITERALLY JUST GOT A CONCUSSION AND KEPT GOING#Oscars— Blessedterns (@Blessedterns) February 27, 2017
Some people on Twitter are even making a big Cravalho/Hamilton connection:
Can't wait for 5-6 years from now when Auli'i Cravalho plays Eliza Schuyler in Hamilton— ZackPas+ (@dapperzack) February 27, 2017
Could we actually see Cravalho in Hamilton? She's so talented, it's certainly a possibility. The fact that she knows Miranda gives her an in.
Born in Kohala, Hawaii, in 2000, Cravalho is of Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Irish and Chinese descent. As the first Polynesian Disney princess, she's won the 2017 EDA Female Focus Award and the 2017 Annie Award. We seriously hope that a Tony award is next for her.
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