JLO Snubbed Because #OscarsSoWhite

Jan 13, 2020
2:26 PM

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

After years of seeing how #OscarsSoWhite sparked conversations around the lack of proper talent representation that wasn’t white, the Academy responded by inviting more women and people of color to become members and diversify its voting pool made up of mainly… you guessed it, old white men. And things were supposed to change right? LOL. 

Today the 2020 Oscar nominations were announced, and Jennifer Lopez, the only Latina to make waves this awards season, was expected to get a nomination for her bombastic, magnetic, and heartfelt work in Hustlers. She had already nabbed a Golden Globe, SAG (Screen Actors Guild Awards), and Critics’ Choice Awards nomination, so an Oscar nomination was a no brainer. Alas, The Academy decided to nominate five white actresses. Yes, three of those nominees were expected to be there (Laura Dern, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson) and one was at least talked about (Florence Pugh), but Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell? Who’s even seen or heard of that Clint Eastwood movie? The. Nerve. 

The Twitterverse wasn’t having any of it either:

Others managed expressed their displeasure alluding to her iconic line in Hustlers:

While some summed up the truth about Hollywood:

But let’s not kid ourselves. It’s clear Hollywood doesn’t care about Latinas. That’s not shocking anymore. They can talk all they want about “diversity” and “inclusion,” but when they have a chance to nominate an excellent performance by JLo, and other women of color, they prefer to reward Scarlett Johansson with two nominations instead. We wonder why? This tweet might explain some of it, even though we still stand by the fact that Hollywood doesn’t care at all about Latinas.

And for the record, yes, Antonio Banderas got nominated —congrats to him— but he’s from Spain. Doesn’t count.