Razzies Sorry for Nominating 12-Year-Old As Worst Actress

From a Wall Street Journal story by Jennifer Calfas headlined “Razzies Apologizes for Nominating Child Actor for Worst Actress”:

The Razzie Awards, the sardonic awards organization that celebrates lousy films and performances, said it would no longer nominate actors and filmmakers under the age of 18 after the group faced backlash for naming a child among this year’s worst actresses.

The Razzies this week nominated Ryan Kiera Armstrong, a 12-year-old actor, for her performance as a girl with pyrokinetic powers in 2022’s “Firestarter,” a remake of the 1984 film based on the Stephen King novel. The role was originally played by Drew Barrymore.

The organization quickly faced criticism on social media, with some people saying the nomination crossed a line.

Razzies co-founder John Wilson said the criticism helped the group realize it acted insensitively. The organization apologized to Ms. Armstrong and removed her name from the ballot for its March 11 show, Mr. Wilson said. Organizers also shared new guidelines to ensure actors and filmmakers under the age of 18 wouldn’t be considered for their awards moving forward.

“Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad,’ we realize that we ourselves must also live up to it,” Mr. Wilson said.

“We regret any hurt she experienced as a result of our choices,” Mr. Wilson added.

The Razzies rescinded Bruce Willis‘s worst-performance award last year after his family said the actor suffers from aphasia, a condition that can affect a person’s cognitive function. The group also rescinded its decades-old Worst Actress nomination for Shelley Duvall for her performance in 1980’s “The Shining,” after it learned director Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of the actress during production affected her performance.

The Razzies, also known as the Golden Raspberry Awards, are held each year the day before the Academy Awards. The organization announced its nominations for its 43rd awards show on Monday. Diane Keaton and Bryce Dallas Howard are among those still on the ballot for Worst Actress, and Tom Hanks, Jared Leto and Sylvester Stallone are among those contending for Worst Actor.

“Blonde,” a film adaptation of the 2000 Joyce Carol Oates novel about Marilyn Monroe, led the pack with eight Razzie nominations. Ana de Armas, who stars in the pseudo-biography, wasn’t among the Razzies’ Worst Actress nominations. She was nominated for an Academy Award this week for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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