Jennifer Lopez is getting major Oscar buzz for her performance in Hustlers and its fully deserved And if theres any justice in this world, you will see J Lo on Oscar night vying for an Academy Award. Even before “Hustlers” had its world premiere at TIFF on Saturday, there was chatter around the festival from people who had already seen the movie that Lopez was its emotional core and gave a career best performance that warranted a serious Oscar run. Lopez has been a Fly Girl the dance troupe on the 1990s show “In Living Color” , a multi platinum singer, a tabloid staple, and a sex symbol. But you likely dont know her best as a dramatic actress. I mean, she and Ben Affleck gave us “Gigli.” But if you look closely at Lopezs acting career, shes shown glimpses of her dramatic chops. Lopez gave a great performance playing US Marshal Karen Sisco in Steven Soderberghs 1998 “Out of Sight.” It showed her playing tough opposite Isaiah Washington when his character Kenneth asks if and steamy when . But few serious roles came her way after those. They were mostly rom coms and the occasional thriller. Still, Lopez was one of the biggest celebrities on the planet. “Hustlers” certainly needed her more than she needed it. But its this movie thats going to put Lopez into a category of actors shes never been in before. “Hustlers,” which is based on the gripping 2015 New York magazine story “The Hustlers at Scores,” follows a group of former strippers who, after the financial crisis, begin to turn the tables on Wall Street men they think took the country down by drugging them and then maxing out their credit cards. Lopez plays the ringleader of the group, Ramona. Lopez owns the movie from her first moment on the screen. Ramona is confident and is the fantasy of every man in the movie, which is evident as a wave of dollar bills rains down when she takes the stage for the first time. But its the following scene that is the first indication that the character is much more than that. While Ramona is on the roof smoking a cigarette, draped in a fur coat, the shy and inexperienced Destiny Constance Wu shows up. Ramona knows exactly what to do. “Here, get in,” Ramona says as she opens her fur coat and gives Destiny some warmth. An instant bond is formed between the two that drives the rest of this rise and fall story. While working at a department store, Ramona cowers as shes talked down to when asking her boss to get out of work early. Then theres a scene later in the movie when she talks about her friendship with Destiny, though the two have had a falling out. The emotional performance Lopez gives in that scene is like nothing shes ever done on the screen before. Scafaria told Business Insider that there was a time that she could have started filming earlier, but it would have meant Lopez wouldnt be in the movie due to a scheduling conflict. “I was like, Um, no,” Scafaria said, sounding shocked that such a scenario was even brought up. “I cant imagine making this movie without her.” “Hustlers” would not be getting the critical acclaim it has 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes if Lopez didnt blow everyone away with the performance she gives. Is there honestly any other benchmark needed for why she should be in the Oscar race?