It’s the documentary directed by Jennifer Lopez, and she can cry if she wants; especially when it comes to her outrageous Oscar snub for her performance in Hustlers.
The first trailer for the music superstar’s upcoming Netflix documentary Jennifer Lopez: Halftime is here, giving fans a glimpse of the blood, sweat, and tears behind her legendary career — and, yes, even the Bennifers of it all .
Directed by Amanda Mitchell, “Halftime” chronicles Lopez at a critical moment in her career as she “reflects on her milestones and evolution as an artist as she navigates the second half of her career to continue to entertain, empower and grow.” inspire,” reads the official description of the film on Netflix.
One milestone that has continued to elude her, however, is an Oscar trophy, as Lopez notes of the struggle “to be heard, seen and taken seriously” in an industry that has consistently let her down.
Despite receiving immense critical acclaim, she famously failed to garner an Oscar nomination for her performance in the crime drama directed by Lorene Scafaria.
“It was hard. I had very low self-esteem,” says an emotional Lopez in voiceover, while the trailer shows her crying while looking at her phone in bed. “I really had to figure out who I was, and believe in it and believe in nothing else.”
She later adds in the trailer, “I’m not doing this for an award. No, I do this to connect with people and make them feel things because I want to feel something.”
The hyphenated entertainer previously described the snub as “a bit of a disappointment” given the hype surrounding her performance, which still garnered nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics Choice Awards.
“You realize you want people’s validation. You want people to say you did a good job, and I realized, no, you don’t have to,” she said during a meeting with Oprah Winfrey in 2020. “You do it because you love it. I don’t need this award to tell me I’m enough.”
Elsewhere in the trailer, Ben Affleck, who is now engaged to Lopez 20 years after their romance took the world by storm, pops up to comment on how unfairly she’s been picked apart by the press.
“I once said to her, ‘Do you mind?'” Affleck recalled after a clip of Billy Bush asking about Lopez’s famous aftermath. “And she said, ‘I expected that.'”
“Halftime” promises to give viewers an “intimate look behind the scenes and reveal the determination and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez the icon she is, from her performances on screen and on stages around the world, to their Super Bowl halftime show to the recent presidential inauguration,” the official logline reads.
The film will have its world premiere as the opening night of the Tribeca Festival on June 8 before heading to the streaming service, where it will debut worldwide on June 14.
Check out the official trailer below.