Rachel Zegler, breakout star of Best Picture-nominated West Side Story, says she won’t be invited to the Academy Awards this year.
The actress and singer, who plays the female lead María in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the classic musical, thanked fans on Sunday for expressing “shock and outrage” after announcing via Instagram that she had won the Oscar – Broadcast despite their best efforts from home would receive an invitation to the ceremony.
The film academy did not immediately respond to the Los Angeles Times’ request for comment on Sunday.
In response to an Instagram follower who couldn’t wait to see what she would be wearing to Oscars night, Zegler commented, “I’m not invited so my boyfriend’s sweatpants and flannel.” (The 20-year-old actress is dating her West Side Story co-star Josh Andrés Rivera.)
“Idk y’all I’ve tried everything but it doesn’t seem to be happening,” she wrote in the comments section of her latest Instagram post.
“I’m hoping for a last minute miracle and a personal celebration of our film, but hey, I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. … I’m disappointed too. But that’s ok. so proud of our film.”
After fans of the rising movie star felt the alleged snub was “immensely wrong” and unfair, Zegler vowed to ” cheer on West Side Story from my couch and be proud of the work we did so tirelessly 3 years ago.”
In addition to winning Best Picture, West Side Story garnered Academy Award nominations for director, cinematography, costume design, production design and sound. Zegler’s castmate Ariana DeBose is won the Favorite Supporting Actress trophy for her acclaimed role as Anita – movie icon Rita Moreno received an Oscar for her role in 1962.
It is customary at the Oscars for the cast and producers of all of the show’s nominated best films to attend. This year, “West Side Story” joins “Belfast”, “CODA”, “Don’t Look Up”, “Drive My Car”, “Dune”, “King Richard”, “Licorice Pizza, “, “Nightmare Alley ‘ and ‘The Power of the Dog’.
However, some speculated that the 2022 guest list would be scaled back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In February, the Hollywood Reporter noted that the academy would require proof of vaccinations for attendees — except for cast members and presenters, who must test negative. Nominees and their dates will be asked to provide proof of vaccination and two negative PCR tests, according to the New York Times.
According to Vulture, the Academy Awards will be held on March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood in front of an audience of 2,500. That accounts for 75% of the venue’s capacity, suggesting attendance will be down on previous years.
Earlier this month, the film academy sparked a backlash with a plan to shorten the ceremony by removing five bottom line awards and the three short film awards from the main show. On March 9, Oscar winners James Cameron, Kathleen Kennedy, John Williams, Guillermo del Toro and others signed an open letter urging the Academy to reverse the decision.
After receiving rave reviews for her portrayal of María in West Side Story, Zegler has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand young talents. She will next be in the highly-anticipated sequel to DC’s Shazam!, followed by her Disney Princess debut as the star of the studio giant’s live-action remake of Snow White.
“My goodness people!! appreciate all the support, I really do,” Zegler tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
“We are living in such unprecedented times and there is a lot of work behind the scenes to make the magic of the film a reality. that goes for film productions (like the one I’m fortunately shooting in London right now)… and awards shows alike. Let’s all just respect the process and I’ll put my phone down.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-03-20/oscars-2022-rachel-zegler-west-side-story ‘West Side Story’ star Rachel Zegler not invited to Oscars?