Jennifer Lopez says she dreamed she’d get an Oscar nod to Hustlers after she ‘raised her hopes’
She earned some of the best reviews of her career for her supporting performance in the 2019 crime drama Hustlers.
But Jennifer Lopez was especially disappointed when she was turned down when the Academy Award nominations were announced and her film earned zero, reveals her new Netflix documentary Halftime.
“I was hopeful,” the 52-year-old actress and singer confesses in the film.
Missed: Jennifer Lopez delved into her feelings of disappointment after being rejected for an Oscar for Hustlers (2019) in her new documentary Halftime; pictured June 8 in NYC
After a string of critically derided films intended to be crowd pleasers, Jennifer won a critique of critics with her role in Hustlers.
The film is inspired by the New York Magazine article The Hustlers at Scores, and it followed a group of strippers with wealthy clients who began drugging the men before being given exorbitant tabs on their credit cards.
Jennifer played the leader of the group, although she played a supporting role in the lead role of Constance Wu.
Justin Chang from the Los Angeles Times raved that “Lopez gives her most exciting screen performance since Out Of Sight, slipping the film into her nonexistent pocket from the moment she steps out onto a neon-lit stage in a rhinestone bodysuit.”
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote that the actress “went out to dinner with her best role in years,” while AO Scott of the New York Times, who had panned the film differently, singled her out for praise for “channelling her lavish physicality and her quick self-assurance into a performance that is finely calibrated in its realism and bold in its theatrical.’
It’s a hit: The dramedy, based on an article about high-end strippers drugging customers before using their credit cards, received the best reviews of Lopez’s career; seen with Constance Wu in Hustlers
So excited: She admits in Halftime that she kept telling herself, “It’s going to happen, we’re going to be good,” and she could barely sleep with excitement the night before the Oscar nominations were to be announced; still from Hustlers
In Halftime, Lopez is seen crying tears of joy in bed while reading a positive line in published by glamour: “Honestly, it’s exciting to see a criminally underappreciated artist get her money from prestigious movie stores.”
She admits in Halftime that she kept telling herself, “It’s going to happen, we’re going to be okay,” and she could barely sleep with excitement the night before the Oscar nominations were announced.
“I dreamed it happened,” she said of her restless night before the announcement.
But she slept through the early morning reveal of the nominees, and it wasn’t until after a friend texted her that she heard the disappointing news.
“I was like, ‘Oh, s***,'” she recalled.
“The truth is, I really started to think I was going to be nominated,” she later said via voiceover. “I was hopeful because so many people told me that would be me. And then it didn’t happen.’
Disappointment: “The truth is, I really started to think I was going to be nominated,” she later said via voiceover. “I was hopeful because so many people told me that would be me. And then it didn’t happen’; seen on June 5 in Santa Monica, California.
Ultimately, the nominees were Laura Dern, who went on to win for playing a divorce attorney in Marriage Story, along with Kathy Bates for Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell, Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, Florence Pugh for Little Women, and Margot Robbie for Bombshell.
After the shocking disappointment, Jennifer tried to remind herself that awards are not her primary motivation for the roles she takes on, nor for the music she records.
“I had to ask myself, ‘What does that mean?’ I’m not doing this for a price or doing my hits there and it seems like I’m the best artist in the world,” she said. “No, I’m doing this to tell stories and bring about change and to connect with people and make them feel things because I want to feel something. That’s why I do it. Because I actually want to improve the world in my own way.’
She added that her biggest fans didn’t care about prizes either.
“At the end of the day, when someone meets you, they don’t say, ‘Oh my God, you’ve got 12 Grammys!’ They don’t say that. They say, “Oh my god, that song you wrote gave me a feeling and got me through it. When I saw you on stage I realized I could be there too.”
Skipped: Laura Dern ended up winning Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, but Jennifer reminded herself that her fans don’t care about awards
Elsewhere in the documentary, Jennifer rages over another perceived disrespect when she was forced to share the stage during her 2020 Super Bowl performance with Shakira.
“This is the worst idea in the world to have two people do the Super Bowl. It was the worst idea in the world,” she says angrily about the deal.
“Usually you have one headliner at a Super Bowl. That headliner builds a show, and if they want other guests, that’s their choice,” said her manager Benny Medina. “It was an insult to say it took two Latinas to do the work one artist has historically done.”
The two women eventually found a way to work together for the critically acclaimed performance.
Feeling disrespected: Elsewhere in the documentary, Jennifer rages over another perceived disrespect when she was forced to share the stage during her 2020 Super Bowl performance with Shakira