awards & nominations

House of Cards (2013)

Ellen Burstyn as "Elizabeth Hale"

U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production. Promised the post of Secretary of State in exchange for his support, his efforts help to ensure the election of Garrett Walker to the presidency. But Walker changes his mind before the inauguration, telling Underwood he's too valuable in Congress. Outwardly, Underwood accepts his marching orders, but secretly he and his wife, an environmental activist, make a pact to destroy Walker and his allies. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances.

Emmy (Primetime) (2016)NominatedOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

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