J.Lo breaks down over Oscar snub: Gave me ‘low self-esteem’

Jennifer Lopez put on a brave face after failing to earn a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 2020 Oscars.

But the superstar was secretly devastated by the snub after she wowed critics with her role as a scheming stripper in Hustlers.

The full extent of Lopez’s grief will be revealed for the first time in the Netflix documentary Halftime, due out next month.

In a new trailer for the doc, released Wednesday, the actress is seen sobbing in bed after being overlooked for the honor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“It was hard. I just had very low self-esteem,” Lopez lamented in an off-screen comment.

“I really had to find out who I am and believe in it and believe in nothing else,” she added desperately.

Lopez has long struggled with self-doubt about her career, telling The Post in 2018, “Everyone was like, ‘She can’t sing. She can’t dance. She cannot act. She just has a pretty face or a big butt,” or whatever they said about me. I started thinking, “Yeah, that’s right,” and it really hurt me for a long time.

“Despite the pain and the aches and pains, I just kept going. I just couldn’t allow myself to let that become who I was,” she added.

Jennifer Lopez sobs in her new Netflix documentary "halftime," with the footage allegedly filmed shortly after she was snubbed for her role as best supporting actress "hustlers"
Jennifer Lopez can be seen sobbing in her new Netflix documentary Halftime, with the footage reportedly being shot shortly after she was snubbed for a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Hustlers.
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Lopez was considered a sure bet for a Best Supporting Actress nod after wowing critics with her role as the scheming stripper named Ramona.
Jennifer Lopez a "hustlers"
Lopez has long struggled to be taken seriously as an actress, despite acclaimed roles in Out of Sight and the cult-classic Selena. She is featured in Hustlers.
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Lopez was considered a sure bet for a Best Supporting Actress nomination after wowing critics with her role as the scheming stripper named Ramona.

However, the starlet missed out on the much-anticipated 2020 nomination, with Laura Dern, Kathy Bates, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Margot Robbie named as five finalists.

Dern won the Oscar for her role in Marriage Story.

Lopez has long struggled to be taken seriously as an actress, despite acclaimed roles in Out of Sight and the cult-classic Selena.

The starlet also appeared in rom-com staples The Wedding Planner and Maid in Manhattan, but those films failed to impress critics.

Meanwhile, her screen career suffered a major setback after starring opposite her husband-to-be Ben Affleck in 2002’s Gigli, which was widely panned by several critics and even considered one of the worst films of the decade.

Jennifer Lopez Halftime Documentary on Netflix
Lopez’s new documentary will have her reflect on her milestones and evolution as an actress and artist.

“Halftime” premieres on June 8 at the Tribeca Festival in New York before arriving on Netflix on June 14.

The document will see the star reflect on her milestones and journey as an actress and artist, including her Super Bowl 2020 halftime show and her appearance at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021.

Lopez’s documentary was first announced in February after she signed a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix last year that included her Nuyorican Productions.

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