Why winning in Sweden is “extremely important” for Dolly de Leon
Filipina actress Dolly de Leon won the Best Supporting Actress award for Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness” at the recently concluded 58th Guldbagge Awards in Östlund’s native Sweden.
– It is of course an extremely important prize for me. It was given by Sweden’s most prestigious award-giving body, and Ruben is Swedish,” De Leon told Inquirer Entertainment on Tuesday afternoon.
De Leon continues to make history with the recognition she has received for her performance in “Triangle of Sadness” as Abigail, a toilet manager on a luxury cruise ship who later becomes the leader of a group of survivors after the ship sinks and leaves them stranded on an island.
“In an industry where Filipinos like me are hardly represented, thank you Guldbagge for such an honor. Thank you to our producers for making my best filmmaking experience in ‘Triangle of Sadness’ possible,” De Leon said in his acceptance speech during the awards ceremony held on Monday night (Manila time).
“Thank you to our writer and director, Ruben, for changing my life with the gift of Abigail, who has struggled as much as I have in this world, where diversity and inclusion are still things we have to work hard for achieve. Most of all, thank you to the great nation of Sweden for shaping Ruben and his wicked sense of humor,” De Leon said in the speech read on stage on her behalf.
The veteran actress is currently in the US promoting ‘Triangle of Sadness’, which is up for a nomination in the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards.
De Leon also made history as the first Filipina actress to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
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