West Side Story’s lead Rachel Zegler offered role as presenter at Oscars after she wasn’t invited

Rachel Zegler has been offered to present at The Oscars after expressing her disappointment over not being invited to the gala despite her film West Side Story receiving seven nominations.

The 20-year-old Latina actress has now been invited to be a presenter by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences according to The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday after the controversy picked up steam.

The publication reports that the talented actress is currently in London shooting a live-action remake of Snow White but sources revealed that accommodations are being made so she will be able to make it to the gala event.

Interesting: Rachel Zegler (seen at the Critics Choice Awards in London last week) has been offered to present at The Oscars after expressing her disappointment over not being invited to the gala despite her film West Side Story receiving seven nominations

Zegler created a bit of a firestorm on social media as she revealed over the weekend that she will not be in attendance at The Oscars despite being the lead – Maria Vasquez – for the Steven Spielberg directed flick.

She posted on Instagram Sunday that she tried to go but ‘it doesn´t seem to be happening’ and that she will be rooting for West Side Story from her couch.

‘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,’ Zegler continued on Instagram. ‘Thanks for all the shock and outrage – I´m disappointed, too. But that’s OK. So proud of our movie. ‘

Changing it up: The 20-year-old Latina actress (seen in London on March 13) has now been invited to be a presenter by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences according to The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday after the controversy picked up steam

Changing it up: The 20-year-old Latina actress (seen in London on March 13) has now been invited to be a presenter by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences according to The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday after the controversy picked up steam

Leading the way: West Side Story - where Zegler plays the lead Maria Vasquez - is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, director and supporting actress for Ariana DeBose

Leading the way: West Side Story – where Zegler plays the lead Maria Vasquez – is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, director and supporting actress for Ariana DeBose

The post drew a lot of attention online as many couldn’t fathom why the lead of a best picture nominee wouldn’t have been invited to the ceremony or at least been asked to present an award.

Zegler subsequently took to Twitter later that day to thank fans who expressed their ire at the news she wasn’t invited.

She said: ‘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)… and awards shows alike.

Stunner: The publication reports that the talented actress is currently in London shooting a live-action remake of Snow White but sources revealed that accommodations are being made so she will be able to make it to the gala event, she is seen at the British Academy Film Awards in London on March 13

Stunner: The publication reports that the talented actress is currently in London shooting a live-action remake of Snow White but sources revealed that accommodations are being made so she will be able to make it to the gala event, she is seen at the British Academy Film Awards in London on March 13

Zegler said, ‘let’s all just respect the process and i’ll get off my phone x R.’

The musical is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture, director and supporting actress for Ariana DeBose.

Best picture nominees are allotted a certain number of tickets by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which the film’s studio then doles out as they see fit.

Presenters and individual nominees get a pair of tickets. And other spots in the room go to the broadcaster, sponsors and academy members, who can enter a lottery.

'I'm disappointed, too.'  Zegler created a bit of a firestorm as she revealed over the weekend that she will not be in attendance at The Oscars despite being the lead - Maria Vasquez -for the Steven Spielberg directed flick

‘I’m disappointed, too.’ Zegler created a bit of a firestorm as she revealed over the weekend that she will not be in attendance at The Oscars despite being the lead – Maria Vasquez -for the Steven Spielberg directed flick

Tremendous trio: Zegler was seen with co-star Ariana DeBose and director Steven Spielberg at the film's NYC premiere last fall as the film earned seven nominations

Tremendous trio: Zegler was seen with co-star Ariana DeBose and director Steven Spielberg at the film’s NYC premiere last fall as the film earned seven nominations

As her next big role is as Snow White, some wondered why The Walt Disney Co., which owns Oscars broadcaster ABC, wouldn’t want their new Disney Princess there in some capacity, like presenting or performing.

Others saw it as a missed opportunity to have a rising young Latina star represented at the show. Disney and Academy representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

Russ Tamblyn, who played Riff in the 1961 West Side Story and is a voting member of the Academy, tweeted that it was the Academy´s, ‘duty to find Rachel a seat at the Oscars …. When they say representation matters, this is what that means. Please do right by her. ‘

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

Zegler subsequently took to Twitter on Sunday to thank fans who expressed their ire at her non-initiation to the ceremony

Zegler subsequently took to Twitter on Sunday to thank fans who expressed their ire at her non-initiation to the ceremony

And One Day at a Time showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett tweeted at ABC and the Academy, ‘How about the rare time that Latine people have a movie nominated for an OSCAR you invite the lead. Latine people are 18.5% of this country. ENOUGH! ‘

Oscars tickets are always hot commodities and this year are even more limited than usual because of efforts to maintain more space between guests to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most academy members have never gotten to attend.

And the outrage has only intensified as more and more presenters with limited connections to the nominated movies or the movie business at all are announced.

On Monday, producers revealed that DJ Khaled, Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater and Shaun White would all be presenting awards at the show, which will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday starting at 8pm ET.

While Zegler wasn't nominated for her individual efforts, a number of fans expressed surprise over the snub for a key cast member in the critically-acclaimed film

While Zegler wasn’t nominated for her individual efforts, a number of fans expressed surprise over the snub for a key cast member in the critically-acclaimed film

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