Jennifer Lopez Says She Was Robbed Of Oscar Gold For ‘El Cantante’
Coming after a two year absence, during which time she gave birth to twins, Jennifer Lopez‘s November performance at the American Music Awards represented a return to pop music and an attempt to reinsert herself back into the Jlo-less cultural landscape. She’s always reached for the stratosphere with a drive that’s led from being fly girl in In Living Color to a hugely successful movie and music career. Not bad for someone who can sing like Madonna can act, or sing for that matter.
Like any mortal who’s had the distinction of starring with her then boyfriend in Gigli, she’s also crash landed. Literally, in the case of the AMA performance, when she fell on her behind after slipping off a dancers back, in a rather strange piece of choreography for her new single “Laboutin”.
For all the success she’s had, there’s one thing she still hasn’t gotten, and that’s an Oscar statuette. In an interview with Latina magazine, she said:
I feel like I had that [Oscar worthy role] in El Cantante, but I don’t even think the academy members saw it. I feel like it’s their responsibility to do that, to see everything that’s out there, everything that could be great. Well, it is a little bit frustrating. It was funny; when the Oscars were on, I had just given birth on the 22nd, and the Oscars, I think, were a day or two later. I was sitting there with my twins—I couldn’t have been happier—but I was like, ‘How dope would it have been if I would’ve won the Oscar and been here in my hospital bed accepting the award?’ ‘Thank you so much! I just want to thank the academy!’ But we joked about it. It’s all good. Things will happen when they’re supposed to happen. I have the utmost faith and no doubt that it will one day, when and if it’s supposed to. You can’t get all crazy twisted over it.
Even though El Cantante got less than stellar reviews and even less box office, many critics singled out Lopez’s performance in the movie as its one saving grace. Ann Hornaday wrote in the the Washington Post:
Ironically, Lavoe’s sad story — after revolutionizing the music world by inventing salsa with band leader Willie Colon in the 1970s, he became addicted to drugs and died of AIDS in 1993 — serves mostly to remind viewers that Lopez is still the dazzling force of nature that burst onto the screen a scant 10 years ago.