Many expected the H ustlers star to have her name called out during this year’s nominations for Best Supporting Actress, but Lopez was missing from the list.
Instead, Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Florence Pugh (Little Women) and Margot Robbie (Bombshell) were nominated, with Dern taking out the award.
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“I was a little sad because there was a lot of build-up to it,” she shared on stage at The Forum in Los Angeles for Oprah’s 2020 Vision tour.
“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’.
“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 let-down.”
She went on to say that she felt she’d let her dedicated team down by failing to make the list.
“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,” she said.
Despite missing out on an Oscars nod, Lopez was still nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Indie Spirit Award.
After the initial disappointment over the Oscars wore off, Lopez said she was able to accept that she didn’t need an award to validate her career.
“You realise you want people’s validation. You want people to say you did a good job, and I realised, ‘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.”