Rachel Zegler has been confirmed as a presenter at this year’s Oscars after the actress revealed she wasn’t originally invited to the 94th Annual Awards Ceremony.
The West Side Story star will now join the ranks of famous faces slated to take the stage at Sunday’s ceremony, the Academy said.
It comes after Zegler shocked fans by responding to a comment on Instagram asking what she would be wearing to the ceremony and saying she would watch the awards show in sweatpants with her boyfriend.
The 20-year-old actress said she hoped “a last-minute miracle” would happen so she could celebrate the seven-Oscar-nominated film in person.
News of her snub sparked outrage on social media, including from Russ Tamblyn, a member of the original 1961 West Side Story cast, and Alec Baldwin.
Zegler stars as one of the film’s protagonists, Maria, alongside Ansel Elgort and Ariana DeBose in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 remake of the hit musical.
She was announced as part of the final list of presenters alongside Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Momoa, Jill Scott, JK Simmons, and Serena and Venus Williams.
Numerous big names have been named to present duties for the industry’s biggest night.
Stephanie Beatriz, DJ Khaled, Elliot Page, Jennifer Garner, comedian Bill Murray and skateboarder Tony Hawk were among those recently announced.
The list also includes Mila Kunis, John Travolta, Daniel Kaluuya and Wesley Snipes, as well as Zoe Kravitz, Lady Gaga, Lily James, Uma Thurman and Rami Malek.
Anthony Hopkins, who won Best Actor last year, will also perform at the ceremony.
Multi-award-winning artists Beyonce and Billie Eilish have also been confirmed as part of the musical line-up, performing the songs they are both nominated for.
Beyonce will perform Be Alive, which stars in the biopic of Richard Williams – the Williams sisters’ father – and Will Smith in the title role.
Eilish will sing “No Time To Die,” the theme song from the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, which she co-wrote with her brother Finneas O’Connell.
The 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27th at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
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