Rachel Zegler as Maria in West Side Story

Rachel Zegler's First Tweets After Being Snubbed By The Oscars Are Full Of Love

She focused her attention on her fellow West Side Story cast and crew members.

by Ani Bundel
20th Century Films

After the new West Side Story remake had a poor showing at the box office, fans were hoping that a sweep of the Oscars could be in the cards as redemption. And it was... sorta. Although the musical itself scored several nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture, its leading lady, Rachel Zegler, was snubbed for her role as Maria. But that didn’t seem to faze the actor much, because Zegler’s first tweets following the 2022 Oscar nominations announcements focused on her film family’s accomplishments.

Zegler’s serene public response to her snub may partly stem from the fact that she’s still very new to this whole thing. West Side Story was her first significant role in any film, and though it’s already led to some major follow-up roles like the titular princess in the live-action Snow White remake, there weren’t a ton of expectations at this early stage of her career.

Moreover, Zegler has already been feted elsewhere. Although the Golden Globes were not televised (or attended by any celebrities of note), she did take home the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Her response to that on Twitter was to note how surreal it all was, winning a Golden Globe precisely two years after landing the part in the first place.

With that in mind, it’s not a big surprise that she turned her Oscar snub into a chance to celebrate the film that help launch her into the spotlight in the first place.

Following her initial tweet congratulating her film family on their overall Best Picture nomination, her next move was to highlight everyone else who got snubbed, rather than focus on her own exclusion.

But shouting out to her co-stars on Twitter wasn’t all Zegler did. She also texted them, and she posted one of the messages she sent to her co-star, Josh Andrés Rivera, who was also snubbed.

Although she didn’t get the Best Actress nom, Zegler will still get to go to the Oscars, as will her co-stars, since the film has the Best Picture nomination. Her director, Steven Spielberg, made history with this year’s Oscars, becoming the man with the most Best Picture nomination credits to his name. He also landed his eighth Best Director nomination as part of West Side Story’s four nods.

The 94th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET.