Dolly de Leon Makes History as First Filipina Actress to Get BAFTA Nomination

by Dianne Curray
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Shortly after her Golden Globe nomination, Dolly de Leon continues to gain international recognition as she becomes the first Filipina Actress to bag a BAFTA nomination.

The ‘Triangle of Sadness’ star continues to make waves in Hollywood – making her home country and other SEA countries proud for having a representation in the long-time Western-dominated industry.

On January 19, the British Academy of Film and Television Awards announced this year’s nominees, including De Leon who is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category alongside Angela Bassett, Hong Chau, Kerry Condon, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Carey Mulligan.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, De Leon said that she is so grateful to the BAFTAs for recognizing her performance in ‘Triangle of Sadness’.

“I have been working in the Philippines for my whole career and it means so much to have my first English-language role honored in this way—and to be in the company of such incredible talent. I’m so proud to be the first Filipina ever nominated in this category,” she adds.

Meanwhile, the Film Development Council of the Philippines expressed its congratulations to the actress.

“The Film Development Council of the Philippines joins the entire nation in congratulating our premier actress, Miss Dolly de Leon, for her nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category of the British Academy Film Awards, or the very prestigious BAFTA,” said Tirso Cruz III, head of FDCP.

“Once again, you brought such honor and pride to our country, as well as to every Filipino artist across the globe who have strived for excellence in what they devote themselves to doing. We will be praying for not just your victory, but for your continued passion and dedication to our craft and industry as well. Mabuhay ka, Dolly!” he added.

Aside from her two recent nominations, De Leon also won Best Supporting Performance at the 2022 Los Angeles Films Critics Association Awards last December 2022.

The BAFTA Film Awards, which honors some of the year’s top British and international contributions to cinema, will be held on February 19 at 7 p.m. GMT at London’s Royal Festival Hall, with actor Richard E. Grant serving as the emcee.

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Featured photo from Neon/ TBA Studios

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