Fans and Tyler Perry Furious Jennifer Lopez Was Snubbed by Oscars Voters

Jennifer Lopez attends Hustlers Photocall (Credit: Shutterstock)

For months, Jennifer Lopez has been generating critical praise and Oscars buzz for her role in Hustlers. But when the nominations were announced Monday morning for the 92nd Academy Awards, the stripper drama was completely shut out.

Lupita Nyong’o, Eddie Murphy, and Awkwafina were also snubbed. Adding to anger on social media, Murphy received the Lifetime Achievement honor hours earlier at the Critics’ Choice awards on Sunday night, and was praised for his performance in Dolemite Is My Name.

Last weekend, Awkwafina made history as the first performer of Asian descent to take home a Golden Globe in the lead actress film category for her role in The Farewell. But this morning, Nyong’o, Murphy, and Awkwafina were all snubbed by Oscars voters.

Cynthia Erivo, who played abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Harriet, was the only black performer to receive a nomination out of the 20 acting nominees. Fans say once again, the Academy has ignored worthy performances by actors of color.

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Even director and producer Tyler Perry chimed in, and told a TMZ photographer Lopez was robbed.

“I’m upset, man,” Perry said. “J.Lo didn’t get nominated, are you kidding me? She should have gotten nominated,” he continued. “That’s crazy.”

Steven Canals, co-creator and executive producer of FX series Pose, was just as upset. “Uhmmm… no shade to those on the list, but where is JLo at?” Canals captioned a list of the Supporting Actress nominees.

Another person tweeted: “Jennifer Lopez was snubbed from her first ever Oscar nomination so others could be recognized for playing the same basic white women characters.”

Someone else wrote on Twitter, “No Lupita. No Taron Egerton. No Adam Sandler. No Awkwafina. No Jennifer Lopez. Nothing for The Farewell. One nomination for Knives Out. I’m bout to knock all this shit over.”

Meanwhile, film critic Robert Daniels tweeted: “The Academy dead ass looked at Lupita Nyong’o and said, ‘We prefer you as a slave.'”

Someone else added, “Did you know that Black people are in films that aren’t about slavery & racism? No really, it’s true! If you are interested in seeing Black people in film and not suffering, I highly recommend Dolemite is My Name, which Eddie Murphy should have received an #Oscar nomination for.”

Despite disappointment by fans and industry insiders, the show will go on. The 92nd Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.