Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ has been nominated for seven Academy Awardsincluding Best Film, Director, and Supporting Actress by Ariana Debos. However, the movie musical star will not be among those in attendance on Sunday.
Rachel Ziegler, 20, who plays MariaOn Sunday, she posted 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.
Ziegler continued on Instagram: “Hopefully a miracle will happen at the last minute and I can celebrate our movie in person, but that’s what happens sometimes, I guess.” “Thanks for all the shock and outrage – I’m disappointed too. But that’s okay. So proud of our movie.”
The post attracted so much interest online that many couldn’t understand why the Best Picture nominee was not invited to the gala or at least asked to present an award.
Nominees for Best Picture are awarded a certain number of tickets by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which the film studio distributes as they see fit. Presenters and individual nominees receive a pair of tickets. Other places in the room go to the announcer, sponsors, and members of the Academy, who can enter the lottery.
Zegler wasn’t nominated, but to make matters more worrying, her next big role is Snow White, which she’s currently filming in London. Some have questioned why The Walt Disney Company, which owns the ABC Academy Awards announcer, doesn’t want its new Snow White movie in some capacity, such as a presentation or performance. Others saw it as a missed opportunity to represent a young, rising Latin star on the show. Representatives for Disney and the academy did not respond to requests for comment.
Ross Tamblyn, who played Reeve in the 1961 West Side Story and is a voting member of the Academy, wrote on Twitter that it’s the Academy’s duty to find Rachel a seat at the Academy Awards…when they say acting matters, that’s what they mean that. Please do right by her.”
Alec Baldwin tweeted that he would buy two Ziggler tickets for the show.
And Gloria Calderon-Kellett, host of One Day at a Time, tweeted at ABC and the Academy, “How about the rare time that a movie is nominated for Latino people for an OSCAR Award, and you invite them to the presenter. 18.5% Latinos from this country. Enough!”
Oscar tickets are always hot goods, and this year they’re more limited than usual due to efforts to maintain more space between guests to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most of the academy’s members have never attended.
The anger has only intensified with the announcement of more and more presenters with limited connections to the nominated films or the film sector at all. On Monday, producers revealed that DJ Khaled, Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, and Shawn White… They will all present the awards in the show, which will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday starting at 8 p.m. ET.
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