West Side Story lead Rachel Ziegler was not invited to the Oscars

Update (3/22): West side story star Rachel Ziegler Finally secure it Oscar Awards 2022 calls. according to The Hollywood ReporterThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked the actress to be a presenter during this year’s show.


Rachel Ziegler, who plays Maria in the Best Picture nominee West side story, says she was not invited to the Academy Awards ceremony scheduled for Sunday, March 27. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is no longer rolling rockComment request.

Ziegler wrote on Instagram in response to a fan who was curious about her Oscars Red carpet look. “I will root for West side story From my couch and proud of the work we did so tirelessly three years ago.”

West side story He received seven awards at the 2022 Academy Awards, emerging as the leader of this year’s Academy Nominees alongside dog power And the Dune. Her nominations include Best Director for Steven Spielberg, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Ariana DeBose.

“Hopefully a last-minute miracle will happen and I’ll celebrate our film in person, but, that’s what happens sometimes, I guess,” Ziegler continued. “Thanks for all the shock and outrage – I’m disappointed too. But that’s okay. So proud of our movie.”

Less than two years ago, the new academy announced Diversity and inclusion criteria For the Academy Award for Best Picture. Part of the newly established criteria requires that films being considered for the category must include two of four criteria: on-screen representation, themes, and narrative; Creative leadership and project team. access to industry and opportunities; and audience development.

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The 2022 Academy Awards are the first to include these criteria, although meeting inclusion thresholds won’t be required until 2024. The standard for acting, themes, and on-screen narration requires that at least one of the main cast or a significant supporting actor be from a racial or ethnic group underrepresented; The overall cast includes 30 percent of the cast from at least two underrepresented groups; and/or the main story theme or narrative of the film centered around the underrepresented groups.

at West side storySpielberg brings the 1957 musical of the same name to the big screen. While rival street gangs of 1950s New York City’s Upper West Side – Jets and Puerto Rican sharks – stir up trouble in their mutual disdain, star-crossed lovers Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Zigler) fall in love despite their respective affiliations. .

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