awards & nominations

Flowers in the Attic (2014)

Ellen Burstyn as "Olivia Foxworth"

After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother (Ellen Burstyn).

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Emmy (Primetime) (2014)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Political Animals (2012)

Ellen Burstyn as "Margaret Barrish"

This drama series, which stars Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver in her first regular role in a TV series, explores the complex world of politics through a former first family that has experienced its highs and lows and is fighting political adversaries while struggling with the family members' own personal demons. Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish, who is appointed Secretary of State by President Paul Garcetti after losing to him in the presidential primary. While dealing with the usual crises of the State Department, Barrish also must try to keep her family together and fend off a hungry journalist who wants to destroy her political career.

Emmy (Primetime) (2013)WonOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Ellen Burstyn as "Sara Goldfarb"

Imaginatively evoking the inner landscape of human beings longing to connect, to love and feel loved, the film is a parable of happiness gloriously found and tragically lost. "Requiem for a Dream" tells parallel stories that are linked by the relationship between the lonely, widowed Sara Goldfarb and her sweet but aimless son, Harry. The plump Sara, galvanized by the prospect of appearing on a TV game show, has started on a dangerous diet regimen to beautify herself for a national audience.

Academy Award (2000)NominatedActress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2000)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Same Time, Next Year (1978)

Ellen Burstyn as "Doris"

In 1951, at a small California inn, George (Alan Alda) and Doris (Ellen Burstyn) have an affair. Instead of writing it off as a one-night stand, the pair decide to meet at the inn every year for a romantic retreat, away from their respective spouses and families. In the decades that follow, both George and Doris face their own personal struggles and hardships, and together they develop a level of love and intimacy that exceeds the ones found in their own marriages.

Academy Award (1978)NominatedActress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1978)WonBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

Ellen Burstyn as "Alice Hyatt"

After her husband dies, Alice (Ellen Burstyn) and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make it as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as waitress in a small diner. She intends to stay in Arizona just long enough to make the money needed to head back out on the road, but her plans change when she begins to fall for a rancher named David (Kris Kristofferson).

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1975)WonActress
Academy Award (1974)WonActress
Golden Globe (1974)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama