After a negative backlash after 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong was nominated for Worst Actress, the Razzie Awards set an age limit for their nominations and will remove Armstrong’s name from the ballot.
In a statement (trans variety), Razzies founder John Wilson has apologized for the initial nomination. Wilson also said that in the future, no one under the age of 18 would be eligible to be nominated for any of their awards. The move follows backlash from the award show – which is a celebration of the “worst” movies and performances of the year – with Armstrong’s inclusion as one of the nominees for “Worst Actress”, due to her performance in the 2022 film. fire starter.
Once the nomination was announced, it received an almost immediate reaction, including from many in the Hollywood world. In a since-deleted tweet, former child actor Devon Sawa condemned the decision, saying, “Razzy is run by soulless people. Nominate 12? F- for them. This kid could grow up to be amazing if you hadn’t gotten into his head.”
in Another tweetchild actor Julian Hilliard (WandaVisionAnd Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) also criticized the decision, calling the award presentation “humorous and layered”, and saying that the decision to nominate Armstrong could put her “increased at risk of bullying”.
The full statement from Wilson can be read below:
Sometimes, you do things without thinking, and then you get called to do it. Then you get it. That’s why Razzies were created in the first place.
A recent valid criticism of the selection of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards has drawn our attention to how insensitive we are in this case. As a result, we’ve removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot our members will cast next month. We also think a public apology is due to Ms. Armstrong, and we would like to say that we regret any harm you may have suffered as a result of our choices.
Having learned this lesson, we would also like to announce that from this point forward, we are adopting voting guidelines that prohibit any artist or filmmaker under the age of 18 from submitting for our awards.
We never intended to bury anyone’s career. That’s why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, including many of us.
Since our motto is “own your bad,” we know we must also live up to it.
John Wilson, Razzie Awards