In the film, De Leon portrays Abigail, a hardworking luxury cruise toilet manager who suddenly takes charge of its uberwealthy passengers after their ride capsizes and leaves them stranded on an island.
De Leon bagged the recognition alongside Vietnam-born American actor Ke Huy Quan of Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Dolly de Leon ("Triangle of Sadness") and Ke Huy Quan ("Everything Everywhere All at Once") win the award for best supporting performer from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. #LAFCA https://t.co/YqMeDhbPp6 pic.twitter.com/zSeKsZBtn6— Variety (@Variety) December 11, 2022
In a statement, De Leon said it's an honor and a privilege to be recognized by critics "who think outside the box and recognize the artistry of film-making."
"I’m proud to represent every individual who is struggling in their chosen industry—much like Abigail," the 53-year-old said. "Every single soul who’s watched the film would know what I’m talking about."
She also urged fellow Filipinos to watch Triangle of Sadness, which premiered at the QCinema International Film Festival in Quezon City last November.
"If you haven’t, go out and find out. It’s still in cinemas dito sa ‘tin. PARA SA ‘TIN ‘TO," De Leon said.
De Leon also recently got a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Los Angeles-based Satellite Awards for her role as Abigail, being the only Filipino getting a nomination. Triangle of Sadness also got a nod for Best Motion Picture, Comedy, or Musical and Best Original Screenplay at the awards ceremony slated for February 2023.
Since her breakout role in Triangle of Sadness, De Leon has been enjoying the international limelight. Last June, entertainment news website Deadline reported that she signed with Fusion Entertainment, an American management company owned by Captain America star Chris Evans and veteran producer Adam Kersh.
“Dolly is an exceptional actress whose performance in Triangle of Sadness was charming, funny, and thought provoking,” Evans is quoted as saying. “She is a perfect addition to Fusion’s list of intentional, multitalented artists and we’re thrilled to be part of her team moving forward from this Cannes breakout.”
(Editor's Note: This story has been updated with De Leon's statement following her win.)