Keke Palmer Describes 'Hustlers' Co-Star Jennifer Lopez in One Word

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Andrew Lipovsky NBC

Jennifer Lopez appeared on "TODAY" radio with Hoda Kotb on September 10 and got emotional when discussing the possibility of receiving an Academy Award nomination for her incredible portrayal of a stripper in the new film "Hustlers".

"I've just been working hard for so long, for my whole life".

"To wake up to that today was like, 'OK!'" she said on Sunday afternoon. "I love doing this and it doesn't matter, but it does matter - it does make you feel like all my hard work is being recognized, and that's nice".

"I was literally sitting in my bed yesterday and they were sending me all the reviews".

The Oscar buzz has already reached Lopez herself, who said that she's "flattered" by the recognition. "I was just crying, me and my girl friend of 20 years was sitting there and she was like, trying to film me, and she was like, "Let's read the reviews!' and I was like, 'Oh my God".

While the Oscar nominations are a few months away, Lopez said, "Just to talk about it is fantastic".

Based on a true story, the "Hustlers" features a star studded cast including Cardi B, "Riverdale" actress Lili Reinhart and "Crazy Rich Asians" star Constance Wu.

Jennifer Lopez, 50, is not taking her achievements for granted and she proved that when she couldn't hold back tears at the thought of possibly receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in the new film Hustlers.

"'Hustlers' is amusing, empowering, sexy, emotional, and a bit scary", IndieWire writer Kate Erbland wrote in her review, "with most of those superlatives coming care of a full-force performance from Jennifer Lopez genuinely deserving of awards consideration".

"J Lo can't and won't be stopped", said Variety's Matt Donnelly, who also called the film "empowering".