Jennifer Lopez earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Ramona in 2020 in the film “Hustlers,” based on a 2015 New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler called “The Hustlers at Scores.”
The story chronicles the life of a group of exotic dancers who create a scheme to swindle their club patrons out of millions of dollars by drugging them. “Ramona” is the leader of the group and their mentor.
The nomination for the Golden Globe, as a consequence of the success of the film, came more than two decades after her first nomination, when she rose to fame with the leading role in “Selena” in 1998, a film that narrates the life and death of international pop star and Texan singer, Selena Quintanilla.
Prior to the award ceremony, Lopez was excited along with her team for her nomination. However, she lost the award to Laura Dern, who played Nora Fanshaw in “Marriage Story.” During the screening of the film, around minute 54:30, López entered the room full of people, accompanied by her staff, cheering the winner, but unable to hide a look of disappointment on her face.
She took the opportunity to highlight all the support she has gotten over two decades
“I really thought I had a chance. I felt like I let everyone down. They wanted it so much. For me, for them. I mean, it’s a validation of all the work they do as well,” she lamented after her awards loss. She even comforted her manager Benny Medina, who told her, “I know you deserve this too.”
JLo responded with resignation: “Okay.” Later in the screening, Lopez comforted another friend who was upset that the Puerto Rican-born actress was not nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Hustlers.”
“I really started to think I was going to be nominated. I got my hopes up,” Lopez said in the Netflix documentary “Halftime,” where she details her Oscar snub.
The long fight against criticism of Jennifer Lopez’s career
In the documentary, Lopez also discussed the harsh criticism she has received from the media for most of her career: from her looks, to her wardrobe choices, to her love life.
“She just had very low self-esteem,” she said detailing the criticism she received particularly early in her career. “I really believed a lot of what they said, which is that I wasn’t good. That I wasn’t a good singer, I wasn’t a good actress, I wasn’t a good dancer. I wasn’t good at anything. I felt like I didn’t even belong here. Why didn’t I would I go?” said Jennifer Lopez.
She added that her relationship with the press was “abusive and dysfunctional” and that she often said to herself, “I think I’m going to quit.”
“I really had to find out who I was and believe in that and not believe in anything else.” In fact, she says she brought it up with her fiancé Ben Affleck: “Doesn’t this bother you?” she asked him. And the actress herself replied: “I’m Latina, I’m a woman. I expected this. You just don’t expect it. You expect to be treated fairly.'”
Therefore, she had to learn to accept not getting the recognition, but she focused on the positive reviews of her character:
For example, from Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times: “Lopez delivers his most electrifying screen performance since ‘Out Of Sight,’ slipping the film into his non-existent pocket the moment he steps onto a neon-lit stage with a rhinestone suit”.
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune acknowledged that Lopez “was dishing out in her best role in years.”
However, in Halftime, Lopez weeps with joy in bed as she reads a positive line posted by Glamour: “Frankly, it’s exciting to see a criminally underrated artist get her due from the prestige film media.”
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