Jennifer Lopez thought she deserved an Oscar for ‘El Cantante’


Oh, God. I hate when Jennifer Lopez gets on her delusional high horse about how amazing she is about everything. Mostly I hate it because I know everyone is going to pile on about how much she sucks. Because I disagree! Sure, Jennifer isn’t as special or hot or talented or young as she thinks she is, but she’s not horrible. She’s just a mediocre actress who gave some surprisingly excellent performances early in her career. She’s just a mediocre singer who excels at mediocre pop music that some people like to dance to. She’s just a diva, with very little talent to back it up.

So La Lopez’s latest delusion is that she should have won the Oscar for her performance in El Cantante, that film she did with her husband Marc Anthony. Now, I never saw it, so I have no idea if she was Oscar-worthy in that film. But just the way she talks about how she was “worthy” of the Oscar made me giggle a little. Here’s more from Latina Magazine:

Why El Cantante was Oscar Worthy: “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.”

On Her Feelings While Seeing Former Romantic Interests Featured in Her Work:
“Exposed? Vulnerable? Do I cringe? [Laughs] No, no, it’s a literal snapshot. Every one of my albums is very spot-on with who I was at the time. I’ve always been a person who is guided by my gut, my heart, and I love that about myself. I think the day I don’t do that is when I lose my way. I can’t regret the things I did in the past, like putting somebody in a video that I was with. Who cares? I think people relate to me because they know that I’m not being phony.”

Her Greatest Love Lesson:
“What people don’t talk about, which is interesting to me, is how you have to put as much work into your relationships as you do into anything else. We put so much into our careers, and I’m all for that, but there’s also a lot of work that goes into making a successful partnership and marriage. It’s not easy, and anybody who’s successful at it deserves a pat on the back. You’ve got to grow with each other; you’ve gotta bend over backwards for each other. It’s a lot of stuff. Women have to find a balance where you can stand on your own so you don’t lose your individual power. I can’t just become “us,” and I think women do that a lot—become his wife, his girlfriend.”

On Past Relationships:
I think I was very focused on what I was doing in my life at the time. No one tells you that you have to work so hard at it. There’s a certain notion of the fairy tale that you talk about in your head, like, “If this is not working, then it’s not working, we’re not meant to be together.” But you don’t find Prince Charming where everything is perfect—like you’re never gonna fight, you’re never gonna disagree, you’re never gonna have opposing points of view. That’s ridiculous, and it doesn’t exist. You get to a point where you say, “I need to work on myself—and if I love this person, I’m gonna work on myself, and if he loves me, he’s gonna work on himself.”

Marriage to Marc Anthony:
“That’s how I know that this relationship is worth it, because a lot of people walk away too easily. But to take that step and actually get married—and I’ve done it three times, and two times were, you know, not good for me or for them—I’m gonna take it seriously. We’re gonna go through hard times, but we’re gonna work through them, and that’s what we try to do. It’s easy to throw your hands up, but those things leave scars.” “Everything is great about my marriage. First and foremost, we love each other, truly love each other in a way that’s very deep and meaningful, not in a superficial sort of way. There’s a deep respect, admiration and love for each other. We honestly believe that we make each other better people…We force each other to be better, and I think in a relationship, that’s how it should be. You shouldn’t be with somebody if he makes you feel less than who you are.”

On Fame:“Your world becomes smaller, so yeah, it is a weird reality. You stop doing things like having a key in your pocket, opening the door for yourself because you become so busy. All of a sudden, somebody takes that over for you. You do lose touch a little bit; anybody who says they don’t is a liar. Your life is not like a person who goes to work, opens their door, goes to the grocery store. I lived that life for 20-something years, and now my life is different, but I have my foot in both worlds. I have found myself lately saying it needs to be more simple. I can’t have all these people around, especially once you have children. I’ve been able to always keep a good perspective. I’ve never, thank God, gone completely off into the stratosphere. I’m not saying I haven’t had my moments [laughs], but I’m always able to come back.”

On the Future: “The experience of living is very important for an artist, for somebody who has to express those emotions. I feel I’m about to leave my whole life behind and go to the next thing. I really mean that: Bye-bye, house; bye-bye, everything. Next thing, here I come. Let’s go. Maybe a year and a half ago, I wasn’t ready, but now I am. There’s no tentativeness, no doubt, no fear.

[From Latina Magazine]

See, the rest of the interview isn’t terrible. She actually sounds slightly grounded to reality. More so than usual. I think nowadays she just saves her delusions for her career, both in film and music. And fashion, I guess. That’s the only way I can explain that bodysuit monstrosity from New Year’s.

Latina Magazine cover courtesy of Latina online. Promotional image of the poster for 2007’s El Cantante.


2010 Times Square New Year's Eve

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  1. bella says:

    This, from the woman who thought Gigli and that New Year’s Eve outfit were good ideas…sigh.

  2. terry says:

    she is a very beautiful woman, incredibly luscious!

  3. BitterBetty says:

    Once upon a time the Oscar awards were about people in the film community deciding to honor someone they respect. these days they’re about actors with a shameless sense of entitlement demanding to be honored while birthing their latest fashion accessory.

  4. ogechi says:

    what a beautiful cute lady.

  5. Goddess711 says:

    hahaha that’s hilarious! Of course she did! She’s a legend in her own mind!

  6. Pont Neuf says:

    She’s right.

    Every single one of her performances, not just “El Cantante”, are awesome and Oscar-worthy. She’s the greatest singing diva in the world, doesn’t dance like a lame duck carrying a potato sack in its behind, but is a Bolshoi-trained prima ballerina, and looks gorgeous without make up, Spanx, plastic surgery and Photoshop.

    And it is possible to breathe in the moon, if you are as awesome as she is. Neil Armstrong and all the other astronauts couldn’t, because they are not J.Lo (a.k.a. God, But Improved).

    Delusional cow. *rolls eyes*

  7. The only thing I want to comment on are the crafty socks. Haha. I think they’re great.

  8. bros says:

    she is a delusional cow! I have to disagree with kaiser that she is mediocre at acting and singing. she is terrible, TERRIBLE at both. the only thing she is ok at is dancing. and possibly her mangy fashion line or whatever. but she is really out of her damn mind to think she has any chance ever of winning an oscar. she sounds as bad as lindsey lohan.

  9. Annabelle says:

    My GOD, could she possibly brag about herself any more???? She sure thinks she is the best thing ever, makes better choices than anyone, and has it all figured out. Completely ridiculous

  10. fizXgirl314 says:

    wow, this is one of those thoughts you keep to yourself if I ever heard one… it’s up there with liking the smell of your farts… you just don’t admit it!

  11. Praise St. Angie! says:

    did she actually use the word “dope” as an adjective?

    are we back in 1990? and is she a 16 year old girl?

  12. qb says:

    The best thing about that movie was the soundtrack because marc anthoney is amazing. Her best movie was out of sight and that was because the director is so amazing ,that he also made a pornstar give a decent performance. I wonder how jlo feels about how people are going crazy for the duet her husband did with natalia and how they are talking about how they both have amazing voices , when the only god thing about her duet with marc is him.

  13. Firestarter says:

    And I think I am worthy of being Jon Hamm’s wife.

    We all have our fantasies!

  14. nj says:

    Jennifer gets unmercifully slammed by people, and sometimes there are very cruel things said about her. However, she is notoriously conceited, self-serving, and unfriendly. She is quick to talk about her roots but has done next to nothing to give back to her schools or neighborhoods. She will boast about being from the Bronx but will not set foot in it.

    I do think she is beautiful, and she is not as bad an actress or singer as people say she is. Selena is a great flick, and I really liked her duet with LL Cool J. She is capable of seeming very likeable. But there is too much out there about how she won’t allow service workers to speak to her, and some people do not easily forget that she stole Marc Anthony (why I don’t know) from Dayanara Torres.
    You can’t behave as she has and expect people to go easy on you.

    I can’t believe she said getting an Oscar in the hospital would be “dope”!! J-Lo, it is not 1990 and you are not in high school!

  15. Cinderella says:

    Again, she’s full of crap.

    She talks about reducing the amount of people around her, yet during the holidays, she had her “people” pushing the strollers at Disney.

    She talks about making big changes, as in “bye bye house”. Yeah, bye-bye old house, let’s get a bigger one.

    She will never go back to being Jenny from the block. Even if she goes broke, she will live as a diva to the end.

  16. UrbanRube says:

    BitterBetty nailed it.

  17. fizXgirl314 says:

    I can’t quite put my finger on it… is that her pubic hair or a patch of cloth? It’s driving me nuts…

    In that picture of her in the body suit, she has the same exact body I do… short with big thighs, wide shoulders and a big ass… except my boobs are bigger… It’s kind of startling… actually my thighs are made of PURE MUSCLE whereas hers are all fat hahahaha yeah right….. :/

  18. KateNonymous says:

    Is she still going on about the need to work on relationships, and how no one talks about that? I’m so happy she discovered that fact for the rest of the world!

    Seriously, I remember seeing a “Behind the Music” or something with her that talked about the end of her second marriage, in which she babbled about how “love alone is not enough”.

    Thanks for pointing this out, JLo. You’re so insightful with these unique comments!

  19. snowball says:

    Those are some awesome socks. Awesomely impractical, but awesome anyway.

    Yeah, Jen. Whatever. It’s the same interview she gives every year, just with revolving significant others and and life accessories.

    So true, Jen. No one talks about how relationships are work except you. I’d say sharp observation, but I doubt she observes very much about anyone but herself.

  20. danielle says:

    I think she is a good actress in the right roles, but her singing…yikes! But I do think she’s incredibly beautiful, and lol, very, ah self-confident!

  21. Tia C says:

    She sure is full of herself!! I agree that her acting, singing and dancing are mediocre at best. I’ve enjoyed most of her movies, she does “cute” movies. They are entertaining fluff. Nothing wrong with that, but Oscar is not in the cards for her. I have not seen “El Cantante,” but then, neither has most of the world, and from all the reviews I read, there is a reason for that: the consensus was that it sucked.

    J. Lo needs to stick with what she does best – light, fluffy entertainment. She shouldn’t waste her time deluding herself into thinking she’s better than that.

  22. n says:

    maybe she’s so vain because she’s taking amphetamines. they can do that to a person.

  23. John says:

    I agree with your comments, except for 1 thing: I believe her achievements she owes to her perseverance, willingness to work and following her dreams.

    Shes not a great, oscar-worthy actress, shes not a great, grammy-worthy singer, she isnt even THAT hot, at least not for my latin standards, but I do believe she’s a hard worker and everything she’s earned she’s earned it out of hard work.

  24. journey says:

    why is it that the true greats, like meryl streep, are so humble and down to earth, even after they’ve won a boat load of awards; yet others who are only fair to middlin’ when it comes to talent drone on about their own genius and how much they deserve oscar?

    and luckily for her two little tykes, she didn’t win an oscar. she’d probably have named the little tads, “oscar” and “oscarette” in homage to her great win. gack!

  25. wow says:

    I have enjoyed a few of JLo’s movies for the most part, although nothing I’ve seen would make me think Oscar worthy. I’ll now have to go rent this movie or find it in the $5.00 bin @ Wal-mart or something.

  26. andrea says:

    yes, use of the word “dope” and the crafty socks – best parts.

  27. andrea says:

    also, ANY celebrity, save for a TINY percentage, giving relationship advice, kills me with a giggle fit. give me a break. these people think a 4-year relationship is akin to my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary. relationship advice from thrice-married J.Lo or just about any celeb? no thanks.

  28. lucy2 says:

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. Not only did she say she deserved it for that movie everyone said was bad, but that she knows it WILL happen someday. Seriously?
    She was decent in Out of Sight because she was surrounded by talented people, plus it was before she became “JLO” and let her ego take over. Everything since then has been fluff, and most of it lately has been unsuccessful. I don’t think she is a box office draw at all these days.
    Most really talented actors do their work because they love it and the challenge, etc, and if any awards are given, it’s a bonus. JLo may work hard for it, but she strikes me as the type who just wants the awards, the fame, the fortune. Same with her “music”, it’s manufactured pop put out there to sell and make her more famous. There’s no artistry or creativity there. She’s a mediocre actress at best and not a very good singer, IMO.

  29. flinty says:

    I know what she deserves and it isn’t an Oscar…

  30. Nicole says:

    If I were JLo, I would just be happy that I am famous at all and extremely wealthy to boot. She’s an ok dancer (she’s no Janet Jackson by any means) she’s an ok actress (Meryl Streep she is NOT) and she’s a TERRIBLE singer (thank God for wonderful producers!!!)…I am totally jealous of her…It’s like honey sit down and be greatful that the powers that be haven’t figured out that they’ve been “PUNKed” for over 10 years now…

  31. Kathie says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha..snort…*wipes eyes* wait….. Hahahahahahahahaha…hang really I will have to get back to you..Hahahahahaha Oh God my sides hurt but…Hahahahahahahahah…

  32. Eileen says:

    you guys stop talkin all this crap about j.lo. whether shes self-absorbed or a diva whos forgotten her roots doesnt matter. regardless of what you say shes the multi-millionaire while all of us are probably sitting down too bored with our lives so we talk about hers. get a grip. she lives in her own fantasy land, so what! she can do whatever she wants. she has wayyyy more money then all of us here taking the time out to actually comment on this.

  33. Bec says:

    I never saw the movie, but according to it was rubbish. Got a 21% approval rating from the top film critcs around the country including Variety, Chicago Times, Boston Globe, etc.

  34. marsha3x says:

    Nicole & Kathie: Thank you so much for putting it out there just as it is. Thanks for the laughs. I’m so sorry but, she has completely lost her mind. Her fans are just as determined as she is to live in constant denial of what a flake she is. I saw El Cantante only to prove what I already knew… She sucked! She totally over acted. It was insufferable & very annoying. It was all about her! If you haven’t seen it do it with some friends & drinks & watch yourselves yell at her. The only thing that was good was Marc BECAUSE HE IS TALENTED & CAN ACT & SING! Or just buy the soundtrack. I can’t believe she has the balls to say something so ridiculous. She really has no shame. She has been one flop after the other. From her AMA fall with the ugly shorts to the NY’s Eve body suit to this. Watch what is going to happen, once again, her movie Back-Up Plan & her new album are both going to flop. The only thing that I can say out of admiration is that she is determined, no matter how many humiliations, to stay relevant. She will not go down without a fight. She will never accept that it has been over since 2005. She became famous for that ex-beautiful ass which was fabricated by that Diddy guy. She has nothing to offer visually. It’s over because she never really had any talent. I’m telling you she really wanted to be the next Madonna. I feel sorry for her… Almost. LOL

  35. Lily says:

    Jennifer Lopez has always struck me as a gigantic pain in the rear. Does anyone remember that Movieline interview in 1998, before she had really hit it big, when she started trashing other actresses? You can still find references to it online.

  36. marsha3x says:

    LILY: Where can I find that? I heard about that years ago. I first liked her when she came out with her first single then I heard that she cut up Madonna, of all people, that’s when I disliked her instantly because I knew she couldn’t act or sing any better.

  37. Lily says:

    I don’t know if the whole article is available online since it’s so old, but here are a few mentions of it: