"I was a little sad because there was a lot of build-up to it. There were so many articles," she admitted during an appearance at Winfrey's '2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour'.
"I got so many good notices - more than ever in my career - and there was a lot of 'She's going to get nominated for an Oscar. It's going to happen; if she doesn’t, you're crazy,'" she continued. "I'm reading all the articles going, 'Oh my god, could this happen?' And then it didn't and I was like, 'Ouch.' It was a little bit of a letdown."
Lopez later opened up about how the result made her feel as though she had disappointed family and friends.
"Most of my team has been with me for years - 20, 25 years - and I think they had a lot of hopes on that and they wanted it, too. So I felt like I let everyone down a little bit."
Her role in Hustlers earned multiple nominations from prestigious awards ceremonies including the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
But the mother-of-two isn't going to let the Academy Awards snub prevent her from chasing future dreams.
"You realise you want people's validation. You want people to say you did a good job, and I realised, 'No, you don't need that. You do this because you love it," Lopez stated. "I don't need this award to tell me I'm enough."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.