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Jennifer Lopez recalls the ‘sting’ of being snubbed by the Oscars for movie Hustlers

Her movie Hustlers gained widespread critical acclaim when it hit movie theaters in September 2019. 

But despite the glowing reviews and box office success, Jennifer Lopez, 51, still recalls the ‘sting’ of the movie’s failure to be nominated for an Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards last year. 

‘I was talking about this the other day. [My production partner] Elaine [Goldsmith-Thomas] made a post where she listed all the things I had been nominated for and won that season,’ Lopez, referring to the post-Hustlers awards season, tells Allure for its 30th Anniversary issue.

‘It was a sting’: Jennifer Lopez talks to Allure about her sparkling career and reflects on the Oscars snub for her critically acclaimed movie Hustlers (pictured), released in 2019

‘And when it came to the Oscars, it was so obviously absent. It was a sting.’ she adds.

While she missed out on an Oscar nomination, Lopez did receive a Golden Globe nod for best actress in a supporting role as well as a SAG Award nomination for outstanding performance by a supporting female. 

‘I was like, “Okay, when you’re supposedly in everybody else’s mind supposed to be nominated and you’re not, what does that mean? Is it really real? Are the other ones real and this one isn’t?” 

‘It came to a point where I was like, “This is not why I do this. I don’t do this to have 10 Oscars sitting on my mantel or 20 Grammys.”

‘The point is creating and the joy that I get from the things I get to put out in the world that entertain and inspire and empower people,’ Lopez says. ‘I think my life is about more than awards.’

'It came to a point where I was like, "This is not why I do this. I don’t do this to have 10 Oscars sitting on my mantel or 20 Grammys." Lopez told Allure. The singer and actress  is seen in a stunning photoshoot for Allure

‘It came to a point where I was like, “This is not why I do this. I don’t do this to have 10 Oscars sitting on my mantel or 20 Grammys.” Lopez told Allure. The singer and actress  is seen in a stunning photoshoot for Allure 

Critically acclaimed: The conjecture in the awards run-up was that Jennifer would be nominated for best supporting actress, an award that ended up going to Laura Dern for Marriage Story

Critically acclaimed: The conjecture in the awards run-up was that Jennifer would be nominated for best supporting actress, an award that ended up going to Laura Dern for Marriage Story

Last March the Grammy-winner admitted she felt she’d ‘let everyone down’ when she failed to get an Oscar nomination.

She told Oprah Winfrey during her 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour: ‘I was sad, 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 it doesn’t you’re crazy,”‘

‘I’m reading all the articles going: “Oh my god, could this happen?” And then it didn’t and I was like: “Ouch,” it was a little bit of a letdown,’ she dished.

‘Also I felt like my whole team – 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.

'The point is creating and the joy that I get from the things I get to put out in the world that entertain and inspire and empower people,' Lopez tells Allure. 'I think my life is about more than awards.'

‘The point is creating and the joy that I get from the things I get to put out in the world that entertain and inspire and empower people,’ Lopez tells Allure. ‘I think my life is about more than awards.’

The conjecture was that Jennifer would be nominated for best supporting actress, an award that ended up going to Laura Dern for Marriage Story.

Also starring Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B, the film follows strippers who take revenge on their wealthy clients.

Crtics hailed her performance as veteran stripper/crime ringleader Ramona Vega her ‘Erin Brockovich moment’.

Ramona is based on stripper Samantha Barbash – who plead guilty to conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation in 2017 for scamming Wall Street clients out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Speaking to Allure about her slightly less glamorous life in lockdown, Lopez says ‘at the start we were all filled with anxiety, adding ‘we were all in the Twilight Zone like everyone else.’

'Maybe it wasn't the right time' Lopez said of her big wedding plans with fiance Alex Rodriguez which have been put on hold because of the pandemic. They are seen here in February 2019

‘Maybe it wasn’t the right time’ Lopez said of her big wedding plans with fiance Alex Rodriguez which have been put on hold because of the pandemic. They are seen here in February 2019

The Waiting For Tonight hitmaker added she is glad she has been able to spend much more time with her fiancé and former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, 45, her 12-year-old twins (their father is Marc Anthony), and Rodriguez’s two daughters.

She says they’ve been playing baseball together and painting, acknowledging: ‘We never get to do stuff like that. I was trying to take advantage of the time.’

And Jennifer said it’s been ‘really good’ for the family, adding: ‘We got to work on ourselves. We did therapy. I think it was really helpful for us in our relationship.’

But the pandemic did stop her wedding to A-Rod happening.

She said: ‘It was a big deal. We had been planning for months and months and months, and it was overseas.’

However, she noted that ‘maybe it wasn’t the right time’.

Shine bright: Lopez is Allure's 30th Anniversary Issue cover star: The Glory and the Dream (and the Drive)

Shine bright: Lopez is Allure’s 30th Anniversary Issue cover star: The Glory and the Dream (and the Drive)


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