Razzies apologize for 12-year-old ‘Worst Actress’ nomination: ‘Legal criticism’

The Razzies just blew the biggest raspberry.

Razzie Awards founder John Wilson apologized Wednesday after 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong was nominated for “Worst Actress” in the movie “Firestarter,” Variety reported.

Wilson also said the awards show will set an age limit for people who wish to nominate it in the years to come.

The film also stars High School Musical graduate Zac Efron, who was not nominated for any awards.

“A young girl tries to understand how she mysteriously gained the power to set things on fire with her mind,” reads the film’s description.

Armstrong was nominated alongside Bryce Dallas Howard for Jurassic Park: Dominion, Diane Keaton for Mac and Rita, Kaya Scodelario for The King’s Daughter, and Alicia Silverstone for The Requin.

“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,” Wilson said in the statement. “Recent valid criticism of the selection of 12-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards has made us aware of how insensitive we have been in this case.”


Razzies founder John Wilson said the awards show will set an age limit for people who wish to nominate them in years to come.
Razzies founder John Wilson said the awards show will impose a minimum age requirement on people who wish to nominate it in years to come.
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Zac Efron (left) also stars in the film alongside Ryan Kiera Armstrong (right) but was not nominated for any awards.
Zac Efron (left) also stars in the film alongside Ryan Kiera Armstrong (right) but was not nominated for any awards.
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The statement went on to explain that Armstrong’s name will be removed from the final vote when members vote next month, and the organization regrets any harm this may have caused it.

“Having learned this lesson, we would also like to announce that as of this date, we are adopting a voting policy that precludes performers or filmmakers under the age of 18 from being considered for our awards,” the statement continues. “We never intended to bury anyone’s career. That’s why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, including ourselves.

“Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad’, we are aware that we have to live up to it ourselves,” the statement concludes.

“Firestarter” was also nominated for Worst Remake/Rip-off/Sequel.

The nomination also faced backlash from several online users.

“The raids are being conducted by soulless people. Nominate a 12 year old? F-k her”, wrote former child star and “Chucky” actor Devon Sawa in a since-deleted tweet. “This kid could become amazing if you don’t put yourself in his head.”

“The raids are mean and classless, but nominating a child is just gross and wrong,” tweeted WandaVision star Julian Hilliard. “Why put a child at increased risk of bullying or worse? Be better.”

“For the Razzies to nominate Ryan Kiera Armstrong for Worst Actress as if she’s the reason FIRESTARTER is so bad is hysterical.” tweeted another angry user.

“This girl was the best part of this mess of a movie. And on top of that, no child should ever be nominated for an award that puts them down,” they added.

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Emma Bowman

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