‘West Side Story’ Star Rachel Zegler Says She Wasn’t Invited to Oscars

‘West Side Story’ actress Rachel Zegler revealed over the weekend that she was not invited to the 94th Academy Awards, even though she was playing the lead role in the Oscar-nominated adaptation of the hit musical. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Costume Design, although Zegler was not nominated. for his role.

Zegler announced the news in her Instagram comments on Sunday, answering a fan’s question about what she would wear on Oscar night. “I’m not invited so my boyfriend’s sweatpants and flannel,” she wrote.

After several fans questioned the news, Zegler added another comment.

“Idk y’all, I’ve tried everything but it doesn’t seem to be happening,” Zegler said. “I’ll be cheering on ‘West Side Story’ from my couch and being proud of the tireless work we did three years ago. Hopefully a last-minute miracle will happen and I can celebrate our film in person. , but hey, that’s how it goes sometimes, I guess. Thanks for all the shock and outrage – I’m disappointed too. But it’s okay. So proud of our movie.

All Oscar nominees automatically receive an invitation to the awards ceremony. The remaining tickets are donated to movie studios, which are allowed to distribute them as they see fit. Often, core cast members are invited when a film is nominated for Best Picture.

Zegler has attended several red carpets and award shows celebrating the film. Most recently, she attended the 2022 EE British Academy Film Awards. She also won the 2022 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.

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Rachel Zegler attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2022 at Royal Albert Hall on March 13, 2022 in London, England.

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Zegler, who plays Maria in “West Side Story,” was cast in the role after an open nationwide casting call in 2018, according to her profile on the Golden Globes website. She stars alongside Ansel Elgort, Mike Faist and Ariana DeBose, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Anita.

20th Century Studios, which belongs to the Walt Disney Company, is the distributor of “West Side Story”. The Academy and several representatives of The Walt Disney Company did not respond to CBS News’ requests for comment.

After fans expressed outrage at Zegler’s lack of an invite, Zegler released a statement on Twitter.

“God, friends!! appreciate all the support, really really,” she wrote. “We live in unprecedented times, and a lot of behind-the-scenes work is needed to make the magic of cinema happen. awards. Let’s all just follow the process and I’ll hang up my phone.”

The 2022 Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theater in California on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

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