Ruben Ostlund Recalls How Dolly de Leon's Performance Was His Movie's 'Breakthrough' Moment


Triangle of Sadness is one of the top frontrunners of this year’s awards season. After winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Ruben Östlund’s magnum opus has earned countless nominations since it premiered in 2022. Dolly de Leon contributed a fair share of accolades to Triangle of Sadness thanks to her nominations from the Golden Globes, British Academy Film Awards, and more.

But the movie’s biggest awards event is just around the corner. On March 12 at the 95th Academy Awards, Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness will be up for three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

Read: Dolly de Leon Is the Captain Now

Before Triangle of Sadness goes head to head with the likes of Tar, Elvis, and Everything Everywhere All at Once, Ruben Östlund talked to Women Talking director Saray Polley in a Vanity Fair interview where he discussed Dolly de Leon’s impact on the Triangle of Sadness. And according to the Oscar-nominated director, Dolly de Leon was his “breakthrough moment” for Triangle of Sadness.

“When we started to shoot on the island, Dolly de Leon comes into the film for real I was very nervous if she is going to carry the role,” shared Östlund.

In the film, De Leon plays Abigail, the cleaning lady on the yacht who becomes an integral role in the movie’s last act. According to Östlund, the breakthrough moment was De Leon’s first day shooting the island scenes.


“We were shooting this scene when she says ‘On yacht, cleaning lady, and here, Captain.’ That was the first day of her work on the island. And then I felt, Yes, it is going to work. She's doing a great job. So that was a breakthrough moment, definitely,” praised Östlund. “[She] managed to transform from the bottom of the hierarchy to the top of the hierarchy in three scenes, because that was how it was written.”

For her performance in Triangle of Sadness, Dolly de Leon has garnered countless awards and nominations. She’s since won Best Supporting Performer from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best Actress in a Supporting Role from the Guldbagge Awards, Best Supporting Actress from the North Dakota Film Society, and Breakthrough Performance Award from Middleburg Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Ruben Östlund is up for Best Director at the Oscars for the first time in his career. The 95th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

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