Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Jennifer Lopez was a fixture in the awards shows circuit for her performance in the movie Hustlers. She was among the famous names who were expected to be nominated in the prestigious Academy Awards, but then she wasn’t included in the final list of nominees.
Fans were shocked about the Oscars snub, but how did Lopez feel about it? Lopez recently opened up to Allure Magazine about how the whole ordeal made her feel. “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,” she explained. “And when it came to the Oscars, it was so obviously absent. It was a sting.”
“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 Oscar snub then helped put things into perspective for her. “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.”
Her candid response is proof that although she’s managed to defy the aging process and is still ridiculously beautiful and talented to this day, she’s still a human being who gets hurt when things don’t go according to one’s expectations. What’s not to love about a gracious role model?