“I thought that if I had any shot at directing [the film], I’d have to write myself into the chair,” said Scafaria. But right when it felt like it was all coming together, and they got Lopez cast (which was huge), the studio attached at the time, Annapurna Films, dropped the film. All three … Someone who’s that captivating in a room, and someone who can control the room, and also be a mama bear. No one. When Is The Baby-Sitters Club Season 2 Coming Out? The nominations for this year’s Gotham Awards have been announced, with good news for Hustlers, Uncut Gems, and The Farewell. Sign up for our daily Hollywood newsletter and never miss a story. If you ask Scafaria though, she’s not disappointed that the film isn’t getting more nominations, because she never expected the film to get this far. With the Blu-ray/DVD out this week, Scafaria said this is the scene she hopes people watch over and over again. The Gotham Award nominations have been announced, highlighting some of the year’s best indie films. She wore a dress that upstaged every elf in the North Pole. “Obviously this wasn’t a black and white story, or a female empowerment story wrapped up in a bow, and so I think studios were afraid of it, and really only one place got it, and that was STX,” said Scafaria. — Our cover story: Joaquin Phoenix on River, Rooney, and Joker— Plus: why a neurocriminologist left Joker completely stunned— Charlize Theron’s transformation in the Fox News movie wows at the film’s debut— Ronan Farrow’s producer reveals how NBC killed its Weinstein story— Read an exclusive excerpt from the sequel to Call Me by Your Name— From the Archive: How a near-death Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall performance became showbiz legend. It’s a moment where Destiny is feeling really lost and low, and when she sees Ramona, it’s like everything is made better again, and then the two catch up in a diner. Not just where they ended up, but where they started from, so I never know how any awards show would handle a stripper movie if that’s how they’re seeing it.”, When asked if she sees certain parallels between a movie where women were underestimated, and our current male-centered awards climate, Scafaria said she more sees the parallels with how tough it was to get the movie made. It's hard to understand the fact that when offered to climb into J. Just as Hustlers was a movie highlight of the year, Lopez has been the best part of awards season. Who else morphed into a professional pole dancer for a part and refused a body double with more firmness than Tom Cruise? Instead, I would have congratulated Lopez for summoning the Christmas spirit to California. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. A big part of what people couldn’t stop talking about was Lopez’s larger than life performance in the film as stripper Ramona, and the ring leader of the group. Despite all the hype and all of our hopes, Jennifer Lopez was not nominated for an Academy Award for Hustlers. I think there’s a real stigma wrapped in what these characters did for a living. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Jennifer Lopez has been nominated for a Golden Globe for playing stripper Ramona in the film Hustlers. Regardless of whether or not she shows up, we won't be getting an acceptance speech. In her words, it's been a "blessed" year. Jennifer Lopez Reveals the Secrets to Her. The latter, however, seems like the film that might net the most attention as the circuit moves toward bigger awards shows. It far exceeded expectations with a $33.2 million opening weekend (domestic) that legged it out to $104.9 million domestic, and $150.5 million worldwide. Much of the praise for Hustlers is dedicated to Jennifer Lopez, who fronts the film as the ringleader Ramona. © 2020 Condé Nast. For more ways to live your best life plus all things Oprah, sign up for our newsletter! Hustlers is high on all of those lists. The scene that really exemplifies this female friendship for Scafaria, is the scene in the film where Destiny (Wu) is reunited with Ramona. She went on tour. You know she’s a scene stealing performer...I think it resonated because I think people were really excited to see her in a role that got to showcase all of her.”, With the Golden Globes once again shutting women out of the best director category (as well as both best picture categories and the screenwriting category this year), many critics have been decrying the Globes’ biases (myself included), and listing the films by female directors that they wish were nominated this year. In my alternate universe, J.Lo and Little Women's Greta Gerwig are crowned the covens' joint Supremes, and we all drive to Haagen Dazs after the ceremony to celebrate. Left, by Steve Granitz/WireImage; Right, by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images. But then there were welcome curveballs, including a best-actor nod for Adam Sandler, who plays a gambling jewelry dealer in the Safdie brothers’ Uncut Gems. Lopez's dress sent a clear message: She is the prize. The nominations were also a big boost to Hustlers, which has been praised on the circuit thanks in part to Jennifer Lopez’s showstopping performance, while A24 had a strong showing for Midsommar (which earned two Gotham nods), The Last Black Man in San Francisco (which earned three), Waves, and The Farewell. She received widespread critical acclaim for her work in Hustlers. In a Hollywood so male dominated, which is never more apparent than during awards season, Hustlers stands out as the rare film that’s made mostly by women, and only stars women. Whenever a movie is directed by a woman, it’s automatically an underdog; add in an all-female cast and strippers, and it’s maybe the opposite of awards bait, but that’s what makes the outpouring of love for this film so special, and it’s what Scafaria is focusing on. But one thing's for sure: we won't be getting a glowing acceptance speech. Apparently, however, it just wasn't her Oscars year. “I would never know what to expect. In addition to being a contributor for Forbes, I’m a staff writer at The Game of Nerds, and run my own blog,TV to Talk About. For her performance as Ramona, a woman who arms herself with cynicism and crime to make it in an unjust world, Lopez absolutely deserved to be among the five women nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The Academy's snub sent a message, too: They're missing out. Jennifer Lopez Admits She Was "Sad" About Oscars, All the Ways the Oscars Made History This Year, How to Stream the 2020 Oscar-Nominated Movies, J.Lo Hit the Oscars Red Carpet with Alex Rodriguez. "It's their loss!" But it's our loss, too. It was the sizzle reel for the film that Scafaria shot with the film’s eventual editor Kayla Emter, that finally scored her the position. Scafaria and the producers on the film then had to shop the film all around Hollywood, a process that Scafaria said often resulted in a lot of blank faces staring back at her. But that requires Hollywood to throw the full force of their money and marketing campaigns behind movies that showcase real, complicated women—and that is another essay entirely. Just as Hustlers was a movie highlight of the year, Lopez has been the best part of awards season. That's to be seen. Will she still attend the ceremony? EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. I am enormously passionate about the art of storytelling in all forms. "It's their loss because they couldn't appreciate you for who you are, Jen!" All three films were nominated for best feature at the indie-focused awards, alongside the upcoming generational drama Waves and Noah Baumbach’s deeply personal Marriage Story. Could this be the season of prestige Sandler making the rounds on the awards circuit? It’s this attention to the relationships in this film that makes Hustlers more than a stripper movie, and a film that critics and audiences are clamoring for to get the accolades it deserves. She performed at the Super Bowl. Hustlers’ director Lorene Scafaria isn’t bummed that the film isn’t getting more award nominations.

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