It finally happened: Filipino actress Dolly de Leon’s critically acclaimed turn as luxury yacht toilet cleaner Abigail in Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness has earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 80th Golden Globe Awards.
This makes de Leon the first Filipino to receive a Golden Globe nomination.
Fresh off a Best Supporting Performance win at the 2022 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, de Leon sent a video to ABS-CBN News where she thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the nod.
“Hindi ako sanay sa nomination na ganito. Ang sarap! Sana mas marami pa sa atin ang makatanggap ng ganitong recognition because so many of us deserve it,” she said.
(I’m not used to these kinds of nominations. It feels so good! I hope more of us receive this kind of recognition because so many of us deserve it.)
De Leon earned international raves for her performance in the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning film as a cleaning lady (spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the film yet!) whose survival skills transform her into the leader of a group of privileged passengers when they get stranded on an island.
This sparked whispers around the awards circuit that de Leon could be up for nominations in top awards fests such as the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, de Leon shared her struggles to break out even in her home country, the Philippines, despite being a veteran of the stage and the screen.
“The sad fact is that in the Philippines you’re not a bankable act if you’re not very beautiful or very ugly. So many of us are so talented, but our talents are not maximized,” she said.
De Leon was cast in the film in 2019 after auditioning in the Philippines alongside other local actors.
Triangle of Sadness is currently showing in 10 theaters in Metro Manila: Vertis North, Trinoma, Fisher Mall, Cinema ’76, Gateway, Ayala Malls The 30th, Power Plant Makati, Greenbelt 3, Glorietta 4, and Bonifacio High Street Central.