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(CNN) - Jennifer Lopez cried when asked about the conversation about a possible Oscar nomination for her role in "Hustlers."
Criticisms for his role as the stripper that leads the other girls to cheat rich men and for the film itself have been very positive.
The actress and singer spoke with the "Today" host Hoda Kotb on SiriusXM radio on Tuesday, where Kotb read some of the criticisms aloud and asked him what he thought.
“I have been working hard for so long, throughout my life. It's nice, ”he said, with teary eyes. "I'm sorry, you know I'm emotional!"
Lopez began receiving positive comments about the film and his role as Ramona, who scams Wall Street clients with the help of his girls, after the film's recent premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
“I was literally sitting on my bed yesterday and they sent me all the reviews. I couldn't believe it, ”he said. “I was crying, my friend of 20 years ago and I were sitting there and she was trying to film me. I thought, 'My God.' You work hard all your life and wonder if someone notices in that sense, on that level, being in that conversation. You have dreams when you are a little girl of being [at the Oscars], do you know what I mean? ”
Hunter Harris of Vulture published a complimentary review of the film on Twitter: "The conclusion about Hustlers is that - again - it's perfect."
the final thing about hustlers is that - again - it is perfect
- Hunter Harris (@hunteryharris) September 8, 2019
Matt Donnelly of Variety said: "J Lo will not be arrested."
#Hustlers is empowering, dark, sad, funny, sexy and so much effing fun. J You can't and won't be stopped. Most impressed with writer-director Lorene Scafaria.
- Matt Donnelly (@MattDonnelly) September 8, 2019
There are still a few months left for the Oscar nominations, but Lopez added: “Just talking about it is incredible. And it's nice that people say that. ”