Razzies apologize for nominating a child for worst actress

Critics were generally not kind to the recent remake of Stephen Kings Fire starter. On Rotten Tomatoes it got a score of 10 percent and made my personal list of worst movie of 2022. But Razziesthe annual awards dedicated to the worst in cinema, took things a step further by nominating Ryan Kiera Armstrong, the 12-year-old actress who plays the central role in the film as the pyrokinetic girl Charlie, for their worst actress of 2023.

No one expects the Razzie Awards to be nice, but nominating a kid for an award as one of the worst actors of the year was a very controversial decision, one that received a lot of negative attention on social media. In the wake of the outcry, the Razzies have now announced that they have withdrawn Armstrong’s nomination (although you can still see her listed on their official website at the time of writing) and will introduce a new rule for the future preventing anyone under the age of 18 from being nominated for an award.

Razzies founder John Wilson gave this statement about the decision

Sometimes you do things without thinking, then you are called out for it. Then you get it. That’s why the Razzies were created in the first place. The recent valid criticism of the selection of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards made us aware of how insensitive we have been 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 that a public apology is owed to Ms. Armstrong, and would like to say that we apologize for any harm she experienced as a result of our choice.

“We never intended to bury anyone’s career,” Wilson also said. “That’s why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, mostly ourselves. Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad,’ we realize we have to live up to it ourselves.” Frankly, it’s kind of depressing that anyone needed to inform the Razzies that it was unnecessarily cruel to nominate (and therefore mock) children before this, but at least the rule will prevent it from happening again.

The other nominees for worst actress are Bryce Dallas Howard for Jurassic World: DominionDiane Keaton for Mack and RitaKaya Scodelario for The King’s Daughterand Alicia Silverstone for The Requin. The “winners” of all of this year’s Razzies will be announced the day before the Academy Awards, on March 11. You can read all of this year’s Razzie nominees here.

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