Dolly de Leon is beyond grateful after she bagged the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2023 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
She was awarded for her role as a mother in the festival’s first animated full-length film, Iti Mapukpukaw (The Missing), which also won the Best Film and NETPAC Award.
In an Instagram post, she expressed her gratitude and appreciation to those who helped her.
“Thank you, @cinemalayaofficial jurors! Sa taranta ko hindi ako nakapag thank you sa inyo. Sarap ng feeling mapansin sa isa sa mga pinakanirerespeto kong indie film fest,” [sic] she wrote.
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The veteran actress also thanked her colleagues in the showbiz industry, including Geo Lomuntad, Dustine Celestino, Carl Papa, Maxine Rae, Janel Gutierrez, and Paolo O’Hara.
“Mabuhay ang Pelikulang Pilipino!” she concluded.
In her acceptance speech, De Leon mentioned that it was the first time she went on stage to receive an acting award in the Philippines.
In 2020, she bagged the Best Supporting Actress award at the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (FAMAS Awards), which was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
De Leon gained international recognition for her role as Abigail in the 2022 satire film Triangle of Sadness, where she became the first Filipino actor nominated for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) and Golden Globe Awards.
She also snagged Best Supporting Actress awards in Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Guldbagge Awards, and North Dakota Film Society. The 54-year-old will star alongside Kathryn Bernardo in the upcoming film A Very Good Girl.