Forget Little Women, if you want an example of gender imbalance at the Academy, how about the fact Hustlers received no nominations at all. Zero.
Being a comedy won’t have helped, nor would it’s unashamedly non-white cast featuring less than prestige names like Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Lizzo. Constance Wu and J-Lo are both kind of the lead, but back against the wall, Wu is the lead with Lopez supporting.
Wu’s fine, though doesn’t produce enough to trouble the Best Actress category. Lopez though definitely does enough, holding the whole film together with a mix of confidence and subtlety actors with double her film credits would be envious of. After being nominated at the Golden Globes, there was a bit of buzz that the conwomen-strippers flick could spring a surprise at the Oscars, with J-Lo leading the pack. Alas, J-Lo will have to settle with ‘just’ SuperBowl half-time show this year.
Last modified: 5th February 2020