Dolly de Leon opens up about her Oscar snub: 'I felt bad for few days'

Dolly De Leon during the Hulmahan project press conference at UP Diliman (Carissa Alcantara)

By Carissa Alcantara

Making history at the Golden Globes and BAFTA as the first Pinay to be nominated for the best supporting actress category, Dolly de Leon is just getting started.

During the launch of the "Hulmahan" project at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City last Feb. 1, Dolly shared the story of making her way to the Golden Globes red carpet.

"Sa totoo lang, sabaw na sabaw ako nung araw na yun, dahil nasa Golden Globes ako never ko na ma-imagine na makakarating ako dun," she said.

(To be honest, I was a bit aloof that day because I never thought that I would be attending the Golden Globes)

The "Hulmuhan" project was created by Dolly's group called Ladies Who Launch, together with her long-time friends Zena Bernardo, Judith Albano, and Jasmine Ong. They will hold an exhibit on March 15 that will feature Hulmahan artworks from various artists. The proceeds from the program will go to the Bayanihang Marikenyo at Marikenya's livelihood projects. 

From international stars such as Viola Davis and Cate Blanchett, Dolly added that she did not meet the two celebrities during the awards night. Still, she was starstruck by Michelle Yeoh, lead actress of Everything Everywhere All at Once.

"So yung mga tao talagang iniidolo ko, hindi ko sila nameet like Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett kasi mahiyain talaga ako, pero yung nastar-struck talaga ako kay Michelle Yeoh, as in grabe kasi imagine she's in her sixties tapos ngayon lang siya nakakuha ng ganung recognition," Dolly added.

Dolly De Leon (Instagram)

(I didn't meet any of idols like Viola Davis and Cate Blanchett because I was too shy, but I was starstruck with Michelle Yeoh because imagine she's in her sixties and she is now recognized because of her work)

Despite receiving numerous international awards for her role as Abigail in the critically acclaimed movie "Triangle of Sadness,' the actress admitted that she was a bit sad about not getting an Oscar nomination.

"Ang initial reaction ko talaga umiyak ako, nalungkot ako, I felt bad for about two to three days and then after that okay na ako. Kasi I'm not gonna pretend na okay sa akin na hindi ako nanominate nung time na yun, syempre sumama loob kasi ang daming nagsabi na baka," she said.

(My initial reaction is I cried, and I got sad. I felt bad for about two to three days, and then after that, I'm okay. Because I'm not gonna pretend that it's okay that I'm not nominated during that time, of course, I got angry because people were saying that I might get in.)

Dolly added that she has finally moved on from the Oscar snub. But she hopes to attend the upcoming Oscars Award at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 12.

"I am definitely hoping for that, gusto ko pumunta dun and hinihintay ko lang talaga kung ano yung plano, kasi hindi naman alam kung kasama lahat but I wanna go," she mentioned.

(I am definitely hoping for that, I really want to go, and we're just waiting for the plans because we don't know if we're all going to be there, but I wanna go)