Dolly de Leon’s exclusion seen as among biggest snubs in Oscar 2023 nominations

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Not only Filipinos expressed surprise after Dolly de Leon was excluded from the list of Oscar nominees for best supporting actress. (Screenshot from the trailer of the 2022 film "Triangle of Sadness")

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) — Following a wave of recognition for her breakout role in the film “Triangle of Sadness,” many deemed it a surprise that Filipino actress Dolly de Leon didn’t make the cut in this year’s Oscar nominations.

De Leon was expected to become one of five main contenders for best supporting actress at the 95th Academy Awards — also known as the Oscars — after she earlier landed historic Golden Globe and British Academy Film Awards nominations in the same category.

However, only the satirical film itself and its Swedish director Ruben Östlund scored Academy nominations on Tuesday night.

“Triangle of Sadness” is up for the coveted best picture and for original screenplay, while Östlund is in the running for best director.

Some social media users and people in the entertainment industry noted De Leon's glaring absence from the Oscar list, saying they did not see it coming.

On Twitter, English filmmaker Edgar Wright — known for his films “Shaun of the Dead” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” — said “I'm still writing Dolly De Leon on my ballot.”

Several publications, meanwhile, tagged the omission as one of the “biggest snubs” in this year’s Oscar nominations.

“It would have been lovely to see de Leon, a veteran Filipina actress of stage and screen, be recognized by the Academy for her tremendous effort,” said Marlow Stern, American magazine Rolling Stone’s senior entertainment editor, who described De Leon as the movie’s “saving grace.”

Entertainment writers from other international magazines and news websites, such as Huffington Post, Esquire, and USA Today, also said they expected De Leon to be on track for the Oscar nod.

“One of our top picks didn’t end up making the cut,” wrote Huffington Post’s Daniel Welsh.

“Dolly De Leon truly stole the show in the latter half of Triangle Of Sadness, and although the film itself picked up a string of nominations, we were disappointed to see that Best Supporting Actress was not one of them,” he stressed.

Despite the Oscar exclusion, the 53-year-old actress has certainly been on a roll. In recent months, she racked up recognition from other award-giving bodies for her acting in the Cannes festival-winning film.

There, she played the character of Abigail, a toilet manager at a luxurious yacht who found herself in a position of power while stranded on an island with rich strangers.

Just hours before the Oscar nominations, De Leon also bagged another best supporting actress trophy at Sweden’s Guldbbage Awards.

She earlier won the best supporting performance award at the 48th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.