FILIPINA actress Dolly De Leon received a monumental Best Supporting Actress nomination from the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) for her role in the Palme d’Or-winning Triangle of Sadness.
De Leon is the first-ever Filipino to be nominated by the prestigious British body.
The last time a Filipino work made into BAFTA was in 2014 when the British film Metro Manila, starring John Arcilla and Jake Macapagal, was nominated for Best Film Not In The English Language category.
Meanwhile, there were also personalities with Filipino heritage who had been nominated in the BAFTA, including actress Hailee Steinfield in 2011 for True Gift and make-up artist Frederic Aspiras in 2022 for the House of Gucci.
De Leon will be competing with five other nominees: Angela Bassett of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Jamie Lee Curtis of Everything Everywhere All At Once, Carey Mulligan of She Said, Kerry Codon of The Banshees of Inisherin, and Hong Chau of The Whale.
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This list was trimmed down from 10. The others on the long list included Emma Thompson of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Lashanna Lynch of The Woman King, Aimee Wood of Living, and Janelle Monáe of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
Bassett, who recently beat out De Leon in the Golden Globes for the same category, is perceived as this year’s frontrunner for the award.
De Leon’s nomination came after her failed Golden Globes attempt. While the veteran actress has received two best supporting awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and North Dakota Film Society Awards in 2022, she did not make the cut at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
They love Dolly
Many critics were impressed with De Leon’s portrayal of Abigail, a toilet manager who showed strength, wit, and resiliency as she led the mega-privileged passengers of a sunken luxury yacht when they got stranded on an island.
Triangle of Sadness, directed by Ruben Östlund, is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Casting.
The BAFTA awarding ceremony will take place on February 20 at London’s Royale Festival.
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