Jennifer Lopez fans were hopeful that she would earn an Oscar nomination for her work on Hustlers, but when the Academy Awards nominations were announced on Monday, Lopez’s name was nowhere to be found.
Fans quickly flocked to social media to voice their displeasure with what they consider to be a major snub.
“Jennifer Lopez was snubbed from her first ever Oscar nomination so others could be recognized for playing the same basic white women characters,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“There is no way that Kathy Bates in Richard Jewell was better than Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers and I will die on that hill!” another wrote.
“Wow…can’t believe Jennifer Lopez was snubbed. She legitimately deserved to win this thing,” an upset fan said.
“They reached sky high for kathy bates,” someone else tweeted. “I imagine them sitting in a room wondering, ‘is there anyone ANYONE we can nominate instead of jennifer Lopez? Oh, wasn’t kathy bates in a movie? Yeah, that.'”
“ROBBED: Lupita Nyong’o, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Wesley Snipes. All four not only deserved the nominations, but should have been in the hunt to win their respective categories,” someone else claimed.
Lopez did get a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards next weekend, something she was very excited about.
“Hey guys, I don’t think I’ve ever been nominated for a SAG Award before,” Lopez said in an Instagram video. “I am so excited and so humbled to be recognized by my fellow actors out there. You know, acting was my first love along with dancing, and I just can’t believe all this is happening. To all the struggling actors out there, don’t give up. It could happen! It’s happening. Thank you so much. I feel like I already won. Thank you. Thank you, the SAG Awards. I’ll see you guys there!!”
She previously spoke to Variety about the success of Hustlers. “I did Hustlers for no money and I produced it and thought this could be a great movie,” she told the outlet. “And you know what, if it wins, I win. And so you put your heart and soul into it and then you see what happens. And so when something like this happens, you’re like, ‘Yay, okay, it went well.'”