Dolly de Leon has admitted to crying after her Oscars snub and choosing to let her work "speak for itself" instead.
In her homecoming at the University of the Philippines Diliman on Feb. 1, the Triangle of Sadness actress talked about her reaction to getting international recognition and her exclusion in this year’s Academy Awards, better known as Oscars.
Dolly de Leon admitted that she was greatly disappointed in not getting the nomination for the best supporting actress category.
“Ang initial reaction ko talaga, umiyak ako, nalungkot ako, I felt bad,” she said.
“I’m not gonna lie, I’m not gonna pretend na okay lang sa ‘kin na hindi ako na-nominate noong time na ‘yun, ‘di ba,” the veteran actress said, adding, “Syempre sumama loob ko kasi ang daming nag-uusap na, ‘baka, baka’ (that she will get a nomination), so parang na-ingrain na sa utak ko n, ‘oo nga, baka nga,’ so noong ‘di ko nakuha, sumama loob ko.”
Dolly revealed that she was affected for days, “I felt bad for about two to three days and then after that, OK na ‘ko.”
She then hopes that the work, the film Triangle of Sadness, illuminates on its own. “Ang ganda kung may recognition, kung may award, but at the end of the day sana the work speaks for itself," the actress said.
She then expressed her support and respect for the announced nominees: “That is not to discredit the nominees, I have so much respect for each and every one of them.” She particularly mentioned American actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who got a nomination for her portrayal as Deirdre Beaubeirdra in Everything Everywhere All at Once.
In a separate interview with ABS-CBN on the same day, Dolly comforted her fans who felt bad about the result, telling them that what matters is that she was able to gain recognition abroad.
“'Wag na po kayo ma-disappoint, ang importante nakakuha tayo ng buzz,” she said, adding, “Yung mga nominees, they all deserve it, they all deserve the nomination. Kung mag-aasim tayo wala namang magagawa ‘yon e. Love love lang tayo.”
Other actresses vying for the best supporting actress award are Angela Bassett for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Hong Chau for The Whale, Kerry Condon for The Banshees of Inisherin, and Stephanie Hsu for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Meanwhile, the Triangle of Sadness got nominations for best picture, best director, and best original screenplay categories.
Dolly’s portrayal of cleaner Abigal in the film earned nominations in the Golden Globes Awards and British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) for the best supporting actress category.
Recently, she won the best supporting actress award at the Guldbagge, a leading award-giving body for films in Sweden.