Razzie Awards apologize for ‘disgusting’ nomination for ‘Firestarter’ child star (updated)

Razzie Awards apologize for ‘disgusting’ nomination for ‘Firestarter’ child star (updated)

Razzie Awards apologize for ‘disgusting’ nomination for ‘Firestarter’ child star (updated)

FIRESTARTER, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, 2022. ph: Ken Woroner / © Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

Ryan Kiera Armstrong in “Firestarter” (Photo: Ken Woroner/Universal Pictures/Everett Collection)

UPDATE January 25, 2023: In response to the outcry, the Golden Raspberry Foundation removed 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong from the ballot. In a statement, Razzies co-founder John Wilson apologized and called the criticism “valid,” saying the backlash “brought attention to how insensitive we were in this case. As a result, we’ve removed Armstrong’s name from The final vote will be cast by our members next month. We also believe we owe Ms Armstrong a public apology and want to say we regret any harm she has suffered as a result of our choices.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Since their launch in 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have positioned themselves as the anti-Academy Awards. Billing themselves as the Oscars’ “ugly cousin,” the upstart Razzies dishonored the worst films and performances in an industry notorious for over-awarding this time of year with quirky categories. For example, Jackass: The Movie won Most Flatulent Teen-Targeted Movie in 2002, while the infamous turkey The cat in the hat named Worst Excuse for a Real Movie in 2003.

Well-wishing celebrities like Tom Green (five-time winner for 2002 Freddy Got A Finger), Halle Berry (Worst Actress for 2004 Catwoman) and Sandra Bullock (who scored a Razzie for All about Steve the night before he won the Oscar for The Blind Side in 2010) all turned up at the otherwise low-key ceremony to collect their trophies.

In more recent years, however, the Razzies have lost both pop culture and cinephile goodwill. “Is it time to retire the Razzie Awards?”, more than a few pundits have asked. Some of the jabs could lead to fatigue – perhaps we’ve evolved beyond snark. maybe the four-decade-old gag just jumped the shark — but the nominating committee has also made some very public mistakes in recent years that have resulted in mounting criticism.

The latest controversy came Monday when the Razzies chose a 12-year-old Firestarter Ryan actress Kira Armstrong on the list of nominees for worst actress, up there with Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Dominion), Diane Keaton (Mac & Rita), Kaya Scodelario (The King’s daughter) and Alicia Silverstone (The Shark).

Never mind that Armstrong (Chapter Two, Black Widow, The Old Way) is one of the most talented, prolific child actors working, or that he wasn’t the worst part of the failed Stephen King remake. The point, of course, is that he’s a kid being made fun of by adults — even when the Razzies insist it’s all just a joke.

Regardless, the organization is facing a scathing rebuke for the nomination.

“If you thought the Razzies would decide to be less mean this year, think again, as this year’s worst actress nominations include a 12-year-old girl,” she wrote. VarietyEthan Sanfeld.

“The Razzies have sunk to new lows by nominating an eleven-year-old girl – whose performance I really dug.” he tweeted director Joe Russo (no that Joe Russo). “If you want to continue to belittle people’s hard work – which you shouldn’t – at least you’re targeting adults.”

“THE [Razzies] they are already mean and classless, but to suggest a child is just disgusting and wrong.” He wrote another child actor, Julian Hilliard. “Why put a child at risk of increased bullying or worse? Be better.”

There was no immediate comment from the Golden Raspberry Foundation, the group behind the Razzies, on the latest controversy.

While Armstrong’s nomination appears to be a turning point, she is not the first child actor to be targeted by the agency. Previous nominations include Diana Scarwood (who played Joan Crawford’s daughter in 1981 Dear Mom), Jake Lloyd (who played a very young Anakin Skywalker in 1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) and Macaulay Culkin (for three separate performances in 1995).

The controversy over Armstrong’s nomination comes just a year after the Golden Raspberry Foundation embarrassed itself by creating a special category called Worst Bruce Willis Performance in a 2021 Film, only to rescind the designation once Willis’ family revealed he was struggling with the neurological disorder aphasia and moves away from acting. Willis had appeared in 11 films in 2021, but many reports suggested that due to his declining health, he was being exploited by the industry to appear in films for money.

There are definitely factions of the movie buff who never gave the Razzies much credence. In their inaugural year, the Razzies took aim at another Stephen King adaptation, awarding worst director to Stanley Kubrick for the horror classic. THE SHINING. However, the The organization behind the awards announced last year has announced it will “take back” the worst actress award from actress Shelley Duvall due to the alleged abuse she received on set by Kubrick.

But as the hostility toward the Razzies seems to grow over the years, it looks like Hollywood has an underrated contender for Worst Awards Show.

This story was originally published on January 23, 2023 at 3:40 pm. PT.

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