After a 12-year-old was named among the worst performers of 2023, backlash erupted, and the Razzie Awards are taking back unwelcome recognition and setting minimum ages for future nominees.
The infamous annual list, also known as the Golden Raspberry Awards, was announced on Sunday and included Ryan Kiera Armstrong, who starred in the 2022 horror film Firestarter, in the Worst Actress category.
Armstrong, who has also appeared in Black Widow, American Horror Story and Anne With an E, was cast alongside Alicia Silverstone (The Requin), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World Dominion) and Diane Keaton nominated (“Mack & Rita”) and Kaya Scodelario (“The King’s Daughter”).
“In light of the feedback (which we concur with), the @RazzieAwards will not include Ryan Kiera Armstrong in the final vote,” the organization said in a Tuesday tweet.
“Sometimes you do things without thinking, then you are called to do it. Then you get it. That’s why the Razzies were formed in the first place,” said John Wilson, co-founder of the Razzies, in a separate reply to The Times.
Wilson called the criticism of Armstrong’s nomination “valid” and said it drew her attention “to how insensitive we were in this case.”
“As a result, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot that our members will cast next month. We also believe a public apology is owed [to] Ms. Armstrong, and I want to say that we are sorry for any pain she has suffered as a result of our decisions,” Wilson said.
Wilson added that because of its dubious honor, the organization will issue a voting policy “precluding any artist or filmmaker under the age of 18 from being considered.”
“We never intended to bury anyone’s career. That’s why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, including ourselves,” Wilson said. “Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad’, we know that we have to live up to it ourselves.”
Still, the uproar on social media was quick. One critic, “Final Destination” and “Now and Then” actor Devon Sawa, was among those who slammed the organization for being run by “soulless people.”
“This kid could become amazing if you haven’t gotten inside his head,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
“The raids are already mean and classless, but nominating a child is just gross and wrong. Why put a child at increased risk of bullying or worse? be better,” added 11-year-old WandaVision actor Julian Hilliard.
“If you want to know how lousy the Razzie Awards are, look no further than they nominate a 12-year-old for Worst Actress.” said another Twitter user.
“Annual reminder that the Razzies are a crude, gruesome holdover from a time when lowbrow bullying was a perfectly accepted form of ‘comedy.’ They have no reason to exist other than sheer meanness and wickedness.” wrote Another.
The parody awards were created in 1981 to recognize the worst in cinema and as a foil to the more prestigious Oscars. But its co-founder seemed to realize on Wednesday that teasing a fledgling entertainer lacks humor.
Armstrong officials did not immediately respond to The Times requests for comment on Wednesday.
Last spring, the Razzies also withdrew their 2021 special category for Worst Performance by Bruce Willis after the action star’s family announced he was retiring from acting after he was diagnosed with aphasia, a cognitive disorder affecting the ability a person’s ability to speak and understand others.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2023-01-25/razzie-awards-rescind-child-actor-ryan-kiera-armstrong-nomination After backlash, the Razzie Awards take back the 12-year-old’s nod