Director Edgar Wright, cinephiles react to Dolly de Leon’s Oscars snub

Director Edgar Wright, cinephiles react to Dolly de Leon’s Oscar snub: ‘I’m still writing her on my ballot’

/ 02:38 PM January 25, 2023
Dolly de Leon. Image: Bianca Parkes via Instagram/@dollyedeleon

Dolly de Leon. Image: Bianca Parkes via Instagram/@dollyedeleon

Dolly de Leon, who gained international acclaim for her role as Abigail in the film “Triangle of Sadness”, might have been one of the notable names left out of the 95th Academy Awards’ nominees, but her artistry certainly did not go unnoticed with some cinephiles and filmmakers, among them Hollywood director Edgar Wright.

The Filipina actress was not included in the nominees for Best Supporting Actress in the Oscars, composed of Angela Bassett, Hong Chau, Kerry Condon, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Stephanie Hsu.

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Despite this, “Triangle of Sadness” was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay at the prestigious award-giving body.

Wright and cinephiles took to social media to air their disappointment over de Leon’s Oscar snub, as well as to congratulate the actress for representing the Philippines through her beloved role.

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“I’m still writing Dolly De Leon on my ballot,” Wright said.

TV writer Chris Schleicher asked De Leon to make an appearance at the Academy Awards with a “big rock,” referring to a scene in “Triangle of Sadness” where Abigail initially planned to kill Yaya — played by South African actress Charlbi Dean Kriek — with a rock.

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One @RhodeToLove called out the Oscars’ jurors for appearing to leave out de Leon from the nominees.

“How do you nominate Triangle of Sadness for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay but not the best part about it, Dolly de Leon,” they said.

Another @mavericksmovies said the Oscars was “insane” for not nominating de Leon. “Insane that Triangle of Sadness gets Picture, Director and screenplay but can’t get Dolly De Leon in,” they wrote.

Twitter user @thisisnotahmad noted that de Leon should have replaced Curtis from the Best Supporting Actress nominees.

Despite de Leon’s failed Oscars bid, Walt Disney publicity director Ryan Aguirre thanked her nonetheless for representing the Philippines in Hollywood.

“Not sure if I ever thought having a Filipino performer even in the Oscar conversation would happen in my lifetime. Thank you so much, Dolly de Leon, for everything you have done to bring our community in Hollywood to the forefront. It’s just the beginning,” he said.

One @jaseybel, on the other hand, pointed out that de Leon will “always be famous.”

Another @rhiadelrosario noted that she “understands” the “non-inclusion” of de Leon among its Best Supporting Actress nominees, saying that her team should’ve “campaigned for her” more.

“I understand the [non-inclusion] of Dolly de Leon in the nominees. Oscars [are really] a campaign. Her producers [should have] [campaigned] for her to be nominated in every award giving body and her agents should’ve gave her spots in late night shows or podcasts,” they said.

Prior to the Oscars, De Leon was named as Best Supporting Actress at the Guldbagge Awards, or Sweden’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, last Jan. 24. She also made history as the first Filipino actress to receive a nod from the Golden Globe Awards and British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), also for the same film. EDV

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