'West Side Story' Star Rachel Zegler to Present at 2022 Oscars After Not Being Invited

Zegler was officially announced as a presenter Wednesday, after revealing that she wasn't invited to the annual awards show.

Rachel Zegler will be at the Oscars after all. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its latest lineup of presenters for Sunday's show, and Zegler's name is on it. 

The addition of Zegler as a presenter comes after she took to Instagram Saturday to share a photo slideshow recapping the last few months, in which she revealed that she wasn't given a ticket to attend the 94th Academy Awards.

"A quarter of the year well spent," Zegler captioned the post, which saw the West Side Story star working, enjoying some downtime and attending several awards shows in her finest evening wear.

The revelation came in the comments, when one fan wrote, "Can’t wait to see what you’ll be wearing on Oscar night." 

Zegler responded directly to the user, writing, "I'm not invited, so sweatpants and my boyfriend's flannel."

Outraged fans quickly questioned why the actress wasn't given an invite to the show, even though the Steven Spielberg-directed film is up for several awards this year, including Best Picture.

The 20-year-old actress seemed just as confused, sharing that she tried to obtain a ticket to the March 27th show.

"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," Zegler, who plays Maria in the remake of the 1961 classic, said.

Despite not getting a ticket to the show, Zegler said she's proud of the film and is still holding out hope for some kind of last minute miracle.

"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. ❤️," she added.

On Sunday, after numerous rallying cries for Zegler to receive an invite, she took to Twitter to ask fans to "respect the process," which includes the productions of awards shows like the Oscars.

"My goodness, folks!! appreciate all the support, i really really do. 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)…," Zegler began.

"…And awards shows alike," she continued. "let’s all just respect the process and i’ll get off my phone x R."

With Zegler's invitation to present, it looks like the process took its course and ended with that last minute miracle she asked for being answered.

Since Zegler's revelation and subsequent invitation to the show as a presenter, ET has learned each film nominated for Best Picture gets an allotted number of tickets for the film, and it's up to the studio to disperse. 

Zegler is currently shooting Mark Webb’s live-action Snow White in London for Disney, and attended both the BAFTAs and Critics Choice Awards from across the pond, so it's unclear if she will be presenting in-person or remotely from the U.K.



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