“West Side Story” Actor Rachel Zegler Says She Wasn’t Invited To The 2022 Oscars, And I’m Trying To Make It Make Sense

Rachel Zegler is one of the stars in Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story. I mean, she plays Maria — a main character!


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So it was more than a little surprising when Rachel recently revealed in the comments of an Instagram post that she’s not invited to this year’s Oscars — even though West Side Story is nominated for seven awards.

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The film is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Sound.

When an IG user asked her what she’d be wearing to the Oscars, she responded, “I’m not invited so sweatpants and my boyfriend’s flannel.”


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In a second comment, Rachel explained further that “I have tried it all but it doesn’t seem to be happening.”



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“I will root for West Side Story from my couch and be proud of the work we so tirelessly did 3 years ago,” she continued.



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“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.”



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Rachel also thanked fans for their “shock and outrage” and noted that she’s “disappointed, too,” but that she’s still “proud” of the film in general.



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As well she should! But it’s a little ridiculous that she wasn’t invited — I mean, what’s the deal? She is great in the movie, for starters.



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Of course, West Side Story‘s cast won’t be totally unrepresented at the Oscars — Ariana DeBose, who’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress, will surely be in attendance.



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In the meantime, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that Rachel gets a last-minute invite. Only six days to make it right!



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