KEY POINTS

  • Jennifer Lopez  felt "sad" when she did not see her name in the nominations list at the Oscars
  • Lopez felt like she "let everyone down" a bit after not being nominated
  • The singer-turned-actress was nominaed for a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice Award, and a SAG award

One of the biggest snubs during the recently concluded awards season was the absence of Jennifer Lopez's name in the acting categories at the Academy Awards. The singer-turned-actress was a frontrunner to nab the Best Supporting Actress trophy for the movie “Hustlers” at the start of the season but was not able to get a nod when the nominations were announced.

A lot of people were shocked by the Academy’s decision to not recognize Lopez’s work in the movie and even the social media was lit up by angry reactions. Almost three weeks after the Hollywood's biggest night, the actress has finally opened up about how she felt about the snub even after reading a plethora of stories that she would definitely be nominated for an Academy Award this year.

While speaking with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey at an event, the 50-year-old actress revealed that being overlooked by the Academy was “a little of a letdown,” especially when there was a lot of buildup to it. Lopez further added that there were so many articles doing rounds that named her one of the strong contenders for an Oscar this year.  

The “Second Act” star also confessed that she was really “sad” when she could not see her name in the nominations.

“I was sad, I was a little sad because there was a lot of buildup to it. There were sp 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 is going to happen, if it does not you are crazy,’” Lopez said.

Lopez further explained how the stories made her feel so happy and when it did not happen she felt like she “let everybody down” a little bit. 

“And then it did not [happen] and I was like ‘Ouch,’ it was a little bit of aa letdown. 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,” Lopez said.

Directed by Lorene Scafaria, the movie is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York column about a group of strippers who turned the tables on their supremely rich Wall Street clientele after the 2008 recession. Lopez portrayed the role of a pole-dancer named Ramona in the film.

Though she was snubbed at the Oscars, the “Boy Next Door” star was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for her extraordinary work in the crime-comedy.