Jennifer Lopez's Fans and Other Celebrities Furious after the Singer's Oscar Snub for 'Hustlers' Role

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jan 15, 2020
01:30 P.M.
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Fans of singer and actress Jennifer Lopez were appalled to see that the "Hustlers" star had not been nominated for an Oscar this year. Fellow celebrities also came to her defense. 


After the full list of Oscar nominations was announced on Monday, people were in shock to see that some of their favorite non-Caucasian actresses had not made the cut. 

"Hustlers," which has been widely recognized so far, was among the top films that people noticed was missing. Fans of Jennifer Lopez, who played a prominent role in it, took to Twitter.

Jennifer Lopez attends the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on December 2, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


Lopez snubbed at Academy Awards

The singer's fans expected to see the 50-year-old nominated for Supporting Actress. Instead, the list included Kathy Bates, Laura Dern, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, and Margot Robbie. 


Lopez, who played the part of Ramona in "Hustlers," has seen a few nominations so far. The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, and the Critics' Choice Awards all paid her a nod for her work. 

Of course, the Oscars is one of the four highly regarded major entertainment awards, consisting of the Emmys, Grammys Oscars, and Tony awards. 


Wendy Williams and Tyler Perry weigh in

While the dancer and singer has yet to comment on the news, fellow celebrities like actor Tyler Perry and talk show host Wendy Williams also voiced their anger. 


On Monday, Williams gave the academy a piece of her mind, saying: "Let me tell you something Jen, you were robbed. They robbed you purposefully because they are jealous of you."

Speaking to TMZ, Perry said, "I'm upset, man. J.Lo didn't get nominated — Are you kidding me?" The producer and writer also pointed to others he thought should have been nominated.


Other notable women of color 

Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina, was expected to get nominated for her part in "The Farewell." Additionally, fans of Lupita Nyong'o also anticipated a nod for the thriller, "Us."

For many, all this showed a distinct lack of diversity. The three women were among many fans' favorites for the year. Writer Alex Jung attributed racism and sexism to the Lopez Oscars snub. 


So far, Lopez has not won any awards for her performance. The Screen Actors Guild results are still pending. Still, the Oscars nominee list overall lacked people of color. 

One black woman nominated

As one fan noted, a single black actress, Cynthia Erivo, was nominated for her role as Harriet Tubman — which many fans also took issue with, while no female directors were recognized. 


Fans saw no excuse for the academy's blatant move, with some even dragging the performances of the white women who were nominated for their roles.

Lopez wasn't eager to see list

Ahead of the nominee list, Lopez spoke to ET on the red carpet at the 45th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Ceremony. She called the award events a "thrill." 


However, when asked if she would be waking up early to see if she was nominated for an Oscar, the actress passed. "No, no, no. No. No. Call me when it's over," she said

At the time, Lopez insisted that regardless of whether she was nominated or not, she won't be complaining. Besides being a bit sore from rehearsals to work as a stripper in the film, her life is full. 

She got emotional for SAGs nomination

Back in December, the actress got emotional when she reacted to her first-ever SAG Awards nomination. Holding back tears while working out, she spoke about her love of acting. 


She also encouraged other struggling actors not to give up and thanked viewers and the SAG Awards. Lopez should also not give up, as there are many more awards shows ahead.