West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler Says She Wasn’t Invited


A snub like that! West Side Story star Rachel Zegler claims she wasn’t invited to the 94th annual Academy Awards regardless of its seven nominations.

The 20-year-old actress, who performs Maria within the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg movie, revealed the information in an Instagram remark after a social media person gushed that they couldn’t wait to see Zegler’s crimson carpet type on the large evening. “I’m not invited so sweatpants and my boyfriend’s flannel,” the New Jersey native wrote on Sunday, March 20.

Zegler elaborated in a separate remark, including, “Idk y’all I have tried it all but it doesn’t seem to be happening :’) I will root for west side story from my couch and be proud of the work we so tirelessly did 3 years ago. I hope some last minute miracle occurs 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 that’s okay. So proud of our movie.”

Rachel Zegler in ‘West Side Story.’
Photo by Niko Tavernise

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar nominees and presenters are every provided a pair of tickets to the ceremony. Studios are additionally given a lot of tickets and the Academy itself can present entry for different VIPs.

The 2021 adaptation of the Broadway traditional was Zegler’s first main Hollywood function, and her efficiency earned her a Golden Globe nomination (and win) for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. While she didn’t rating a person nod on the upcoming Oscars, West Side Story is up for a powerful complete of trophies, together with Best Picture and Best Director.

As followers expressed their shock after Zegler’s revelation on Sunday, the Snow White actress thanked them for his or her assist. “My goodness, folks!! Appreciate all the support, I really really do,” she tweeted. “We live in such unprecedented times, and a lot of work behind the scenes goes into making movie magic happen. that goes for film productions (like the one I am so lucky to be currently shooting in london) … and awards shows alike. Let’s all just respect the process and I’ll get off my phone x R.”

Courtesy of Rachel Zegler/Instagram

Earlier this month, Zegler attended the BAFTAs in London with costar Mike Faist, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his efficiency as Riff. While he ended the evening empty handed — the trophy finally went to CODA‘s Troy Kotsur – the West Side Story cast celebrated Ariana DeBose‘s win for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The 31-year-old previously scored a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for taking part in Anita.

“Critics, you matter, and I am so, so, so grateful for your support of West Side Story,” the Hamilton alum gushed on the 2022 Critics’ Choice Awards on March 13. “There were so many people who questions whether or not this film should be reimagined, and you rallied around us, you loved on us, every single one of us, and I am very, very grateful for that.”

DeBose went on to reward her fellow nominees earlier than addressing Rita Moreno, who portrayed Anita within the unique 1961 West Side Story film. “Seriously, you made space for me to thrive beside you,” the Prom actress continued. “I am not in front of you, I am not behind you, I am beside you, and that is the greatest gift you could have ever given me.”

The 2022 Oscars air on ABC Sunday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EST.

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