Ellen Burstyn won an Oscar in which film where she plays a woman initially seeking a divorce?
"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" is the 1974 film in which Ellen Burstyn (Alice Hyatt) won an Oscar after she plays a woman initially seeking a divorce. The film is an American romantic comedy-drama that was directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It was produced by Audrey Maas and David Susskind.
The film is about Alice (Burstyn), who after her husband dies, but before she can get a divorce, takes her son, Tommy (Alfred Lutter) and leaves their small New Mexico town for California. Alice hopes to make it as a singer. Money problems, however, force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as a 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), a regular customer of Mel and Ruby's Cafe.
"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" was a critical and commercial success, grossing $21 million on a $1.8 million budget. At the 47th Academy Awards, Burstyn won the Oscar for Best Actress, while Diane Ladd (Florence Jean Castleberry) and Robert Getchell received nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.