By Rosy Cordero
March 01, 2020 at 02:25 PM EST
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As many of us are still recovering from the shock of Jennifer Lopez's Oscar snub earlier this year, it turns out the star herself has faced her own struggle to accept the Academy's decision.

The 50-year-old earned rave reviews for her turn as a thieving stripper in Hustlersbut as she revealed to Oprah Winfrey during the Los Angeles stop on her 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus tour on Saturday, the overwhelming acclaim set her up for disappointment when she left off the list of Best Supporting Actress nominees.

“I was a little sad," she said according to Billboard. "There were so many articles, 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 [get it], you’re crazy.' I’m reading all the articles going, 'Oh my God, could this happen?' And then it didn’t and I was like 'Ouch.’”

She added, “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.”

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 29: Jennifer Lopez speaks onstage during 'Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour' presented by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) at The Forum on February 29, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
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While she was disappointed for a little while, the mom of two decided to dust herself off and to be proud of her work in Lorene Scafaria's drama regardless of awards recognition.

“I was a good actress — always  — I can say that now to myself, but what I do now is so much different than what I did then,” she said.

“You realize you want people’s validation, you want people to say you did a good job and I realized, ‘No, you don’t need that. You do this because you love it."

She added, "I don’t need this award to tell me I’m enough.”

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