Jennifer Lopez Feels Like She ‘Let Everyone Down A Little Bit’ After Not Getting Oscar Nod For ‘Hustlers’
While performing at the halftime show for the Super Bowl was arguably a dream come true for Jennifer Lopez, she admitted that she experienced a major disappointment in her acting career.
J. Lo was said to be a sure thing for an Oscar Award nomination thanks to her role as Ramona on the hit movie Hustlers, which was released last year.
The film went on to receive lots of attention and brought in $157.6 million internationally. It also starred the likes of Cardi B, Lizzo, and KeKe Palmer. Still, when it came for the Oscar nominations, Hustlers and J. Lo were noticeably snubbed.
She told Oprah Winfrey during her 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour Saturday (Feb. 29),
“I was a little sad because there was a lot of buildup to it. There were so many articles. I got so many good notices — more than ever in my career — and there was a lot of ‘She’s going to get nominated for an Oscar. It’s going to happen; if she doesn’t, you’re crazy.’ I’m reading all the articles going, ‘Could this happen?’ And then it didn’t and I was like, ‘Ouch.’ It was a little bit of a letdown.”
“Most of my team has been with me for years — 20, 25 years — and I think they had a lot of hopes on that and they wanted it, too. So I felt like I let everyone down a little bit.”
She continued and said she realized she can move on without the nod.
“You realize you want people’s validation. You want people to say you did a good job, and I realized, ‘No, you don’t need that. You do this because you love it. I don’t need this award to tell me I’m enough.”
“I do things because I love them. I didn’t get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers. I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself. That’s the Jenny From the Block. I do what I want, I do what I love. But it was kind of a really different mindset to get into to play Ramona.”
“Whether she was doing great things or bad things, she was very clear about what she wanted and what her goals were. And that she could do it on her own. Like, you never see a man in her life. There’s men. But she was so self-sufficient. For me, who grew up with my sister sleeping in the same bed, and then went from one relationship to the other, playing that character, and having to be that independent and in charge, I was just like, ‘God, this is so empowering.’”