Bombs Away: The Worst Flicks from Cecil B. DeMille Award Winners


The best jokes of the last few Golden Globes have come at George Clooney's expense, including last night's 72nd annual boozy Oscar warm-up. The jabs were especially expected this year, as Clooney received the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Established by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1952, the accolade recognizes "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."

Between Clooney and DeMille, the award's namesake and first recipient, have come honorees such as Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland. Despite the legendary status of these entertainers, no one gets to the Golden Globes stage without making a terrible movie they'll regret forever (well, no one except Quvenzhané Wallis). To prove it, and to make us all feel better, here are the worst films made by Cecil B. DeMille award winners from the last 10 years.

George Clooney: Grizzly 2 (1983)

It's easy to lampoon an actor's first movie. The problem with Grizzly 2, a B movie about a bear that kills fun-loving youths, is that it's technically not Clooney's first film, as it was never officially released. Still, we couldn't leave out the monster movie with a grizzly bear straight out of Circus Pizza's animatronic band.

Woody Allen: Anything Else (2003)

Despite a few unfortunate casting choices, this film could have worked. But instead of putting American Pie's Jason Biggs in a Woody Allen film, it feels like they did the opposite.

Jodie Foster: The Blood of Others (1984)

As all serious actors must bomb, they must also make a World War II film -- Foster just checked them off at the same time. Based on Simone de Beauvoir's 1945 novel, this adaptation keeps the Paris setting but skips the whole speaking French thing.

Morgan Freeman: The Big Bounce (2004)

"Mr. Freeman, would you like to shoot a film in Hawaii with Owen Wilson and model Sara Foster?" Of course he would. What doesn't make sense is why he signed on to remake a movie that flopped the first time around based on a book that also flopped the first time around.

Robert De Niro: The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)

It's possible this film is De Niro's way of fighting back the ceaseless onslaught Scorsese-worshipping butt kissers. Tired of fanboys telling you Mean Streets is the genesis of modern American cinema? Take a break with a live-action family film with animation that will be unwatchable fifteen years from now.

Martin Scorsese: Shutter Island (2010)

No, he is not infallible. After a critical and financial hat trick (Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and The Departed), Leonardo DiCaprio and Scorsese jumped into this quicksand of cliches, cheap horror tricks, plot twists, and uninspired directing.

Steven Spielberg: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)


Warren Beatty: Ishtar (1987)

Two lounge singers trying to hit the big time unknowingly entangle themselves in a CIA mission in North Africa. Yeah, sounds like SNL cutting room floor to us too.

Anthony Hopkins: A Chorus of Disapproval (1988)

Based on a play of the same name, the only comedic elements of this film lie in the ineptitude of the director to translate any of the original wit to the screen. Hopkins is left bumbling inside awkwardly framed scenes and rough cuts that quickly douse any spark the actors strike.