West Side Story star Rachel Zegler ‘thrilled’ to present at Oscars after snub


Rachel Zegler has now been invited to present at the Oscars (Picture: Getty Images)

West Side Story star Rachel Zegler has reacted to the Academy’s U-turn, with the star now being invited to present an award at the Oscars after she was bizarrely snubbed.

The Steven Spielberg remake received seven nominations, with fans baffled when Maria actress Rachel revealed she wasn’t invited.

Now she’s set to present, the 20-year-old, who’s currently filming for Disney’s live-action Snow White, tweeted: ‘Well folks, i can’t believe i’m saying this but… see you on sunday!

‘The absolutely incredible team at @Disney and our snow white producers worked some real-life magic, and i am thrilled to be able to celebrate my @westsidemovie fam at the oscars.’

She added: ‘It’s not lost on me that being able to shoot a film the scale of snow white during COVID is not easy, and any adjustment to our schedule is no small sacrifice.

‘And obviously a huge thank you to @TheAcademy @WillPackerProds for the presenter spot; i’m so excited to open that shiny envelope. i could not be more grateful to everyone who helped make this possible. seriously. now, what to wear.’

well folks, i can’t believe i’m saying this but… see you on sunday! the absolutely incredible team at @Disney and our snow white producers worked some real-life magic, and i am thrilled to be able to celebrate my @westsidemovie fam at the oscars. https://t.co/7lHuOpFg0Q

— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) March 23, 2022

Rachel is joining recently-announced presenters including Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Momoa, and Serena Williams.

The news of the actor’s lack of an invite for the Oscars emerged after a fan said on Instagram that they couldn’t wait to see what she would be wearing at the Academy Awards.


Rachel Zegler

Rachel plays Maria, the lead character in West Side Story (Picture: AFP)

‘I’m not invited so sweatpants and my boyfriend’s flannel,’ she responded at the time.

Russ Tamblyn, who played Riff in the original 1961 West Side Story film, said it was the ‘duty’ of the Oscars organisers to find Rachel a seat, urging them to ‘do right by her’.

Alec Baldwin also tweeted that he would buy her two tickets to the show.

Following the influx of fan support over her admission, with many outraged that she was not asked to attend, Rachel wrote on Twitter: ‘My goodness folks!! Appreciate all the support, I really really do.’

She continued: ‘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.’

Rachel received the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical for her performance in West Side Story, becoming the first actress of Colombian descent and the youngest to receive the award.



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