Ben Affleck Says Ex Jennifer Lopez 'Ought to Have Been Nominated' at 2020 Oscars for Hustlers

Ben Affleck Says Ex Jennifer Lopez 'Should Have Been Nominated' at 2020 Oscars for Hustlers

Add Ben Affleck to the lengthy listing of people that have been rooting for Jennifer Lopez to obtain her first Oscar nomination this awards season.

The actor — who was beforehand engaged to Lopez earlier than the 2 referred to as it off in January 2004 — spoke with New York Instances reporter Brooks Barnes for an interview wherein he talked about his respect for Lopez and her bustling profession.

“She ought to have been nominated. She’s the actual factor. I keep up a correspondence periodically together with her and have lots of respect for her. How superior is it that she had her largest hit film at 50? That’s f—ing baller,” Affleck stated, in accordance with Barnes, who tweeted the unused quote from his profile.

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Affleck met Lopez on the set of their movie Gigli in 2002 and the pair obtained engaged that very same 12 months.

Whereas Lopez didn’t obtain an Oscar nomination for her Hustlers function, she scored nods at each the Golden Globes and the Display screen Actors Guild Awards.

The nomination for Hustlers marked her second Golden Globes nomination, although she was in the end beat out by Marriage Story‘s Laura Dern.

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Lopez scored her first Globes nomination for her lead efficiency because the singer Selena within the 1997 biopic of the Latin performer.

The actress has obtained career-best approval for her efficiency as a real-life stripper in Hustlers. She was not too long ago named greatest supporting actress for the movie by the Los Angeles Movie Critics Affiliation. And in November 2019, Lopez was nominated for a Movie Unbiased Spirit Award for her work.

“It simply exhibits you that goals come true,” Lopez instructed PEOPLE of her booming profession in her current cowl story, the place she and three different stars have been celebrated as PEOPLE’s Folks of the Yr.

“However it’s important to work at it and never hand over. The bottom line is the not giving up half. For me, it’s not a alternative. You may’t cease,” she added.