Did Dolly De Leon's Chances of Landing an Oscar Nomination Just Skyrocket?


Dolly De Leon might just become the first Filipino actor to land a nomination in the most prestigious film awards of them all—the Oscars. 

At least, Variety seems to think so.

The trade publication just released its predictions for who’s likely to land a nomination for Best Supporting Actress—a typically intensely competitive field—and De Leon is one of them.

“Can Dolly de Leon ride into the lineup with “Triangle of Sadness?” writer and critic Clayton Davis says in the article. “She’s the standout from the film and my theory is if you love the film, she’s likely your favorite part.”


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He’s not wrong. De Leon has wowed critics and audiences alike since Ruben Ostlund’s sharply film debuted earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. The film has gradually rolled out in several markets worldwide in the succeeding months and many prognosticators are saying that De Leon’s performance is a huge part of the buzz. 

“Dolly has a fox behind her ear, as we say in Sweden,” Ostlund says in a New York Times piece about De Leon. “That is to say that she is not who you expect.”

De Leon has already won the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the Middleburg Film Festival last month. So she’s definitely building up the momentum.


However, she faces stiff competition from veteran and upcoming performers in the supporting actress category. While De Leon made it in Davis’ top 10 most likely to land a nomination list in Variety, the upper tier is dominated by established thesepians including Angela Bassett, who turned in a stirring portrayal of Queen Ramonda in the Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere all At Once, Kerry Condon in The Banshees of Inisherin, and Nina Hoss of Tar

Joining De Leon in the sixth to 10 tier are Claire Foy in Women Talking, Thuso Mbedu in The Woman King, Janelle Monae in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, and Hong Chau in The Whale.

Variety's predictions for Oscar Best Supprting Actress Nominees

Photo by Screenshot / Variety.

There are many other much established actresses in Davis’ list, including previous winners and nominees Carey Mulligan, Laura Dern, Kate Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg, Sally Field, and Anne Hathaway. But here’s hoping De Leon makes it to the final list when the nominations are announced early next year and the Philippines finally gets its first-ever acting nod at the Academy Awards.

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