Jennifer Lopez has been experiencing a lot of career highs as of late, but it seems as if her Oscar snub earlier this year is still hanging over her head.
The 50-year-old star recently opened up to Oprah Winfrey about her disappointment.
Oprah was in Inglewood, California for her eighth stop of her nine-date inspirational tour, “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life on Focus Tour. The tour has featured some guest appearances from notable stars, like Michelle Obama, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, and of course, Hustlers star Jennifer Lopez.
Lopez, fresh off the Super Bowl LIV halftime show where she shared the stage with Shakira, is apparently still struggling with the shock of her Oscars snub.
She earned rave reviews for her starring role as Ramona in Hustlers, which she also co-produced. There was plenty of buzz that she would get an Oscar nomination for the role.
She did manage to snag several other nods, including nominations from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Spirit Awards. And on top of that, Lopez did win the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress, plus the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress.
It seems like she had her heart set on the Oscar, though, because it’s still hanging over her head.
“I was a little sad,” she told Oprah during her guest appearance. “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.'”
The buzz must have gotten her hopes up. “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.”
“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,” Lopez continued, adding, “I felt like I let everyone down a little bit.”
Now, Lopez is trying to focus on the glass being half-full.
“I had to re-examine, like, ‘Why do you do this, what are you so sad about right now?'” Lopez said. “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.”
Of course, this comes on the heels of a lawsuit that Lopez’s production company is facing over her role in Hustlers.
The movie was based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores.”
It was written about real-life strippers in New York City clubs. But Samantha Barbash, the real-life stripper that inspired Lopez’s character, wasn’t pleased to see her story on the big screen.
One of the film’s producers did contact Barbash to get her consent for the movie. However, she rejected what she called a “disrespectful” lowball offer. After seeking lawyer advice, Barbash decided to sue the production company for using her likeness and story.
Barbash is suing for $20 million in compensatory damages, and $20 million in punitives. She’s also trying to get an order requiring producers to turn over all copies of the movie.