The Razzies introduce age limits after backlash for nominating Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Worst Actress


The Golden Raspberry Awards, known as the Razzies, removed Ryan Kiera Armstrong from their ballot, after cruelly nominating the preteen in the Worst Actress category.

Following substantial backlash online for including a minor among their nominees, the parody award show, which annually honors the worst of film, made the decision to introduce age limit for nominations.

Moving forward, all nominees will be at least 18-years-old as to not discourage young children and adolescents from pursing careers on the big screen. 

Making amends: The Golden Raspberry Awards, known as the Razzies, removed Ryan Kiera Armstrong from their ballot, after cruelly nominating the preteen in the Worst Actress category; seen in October 2022

Armstrong, who was nominated for her performance in Firestarter alongside Zac Efron, has yet to publicly respond to the jab at her acting skills. 

While a Razzie nomination can be embarrassing, other stars who received nods or won their categories include Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Al Pacino and more.

On Tuesday, controversy ensued when Armstrong was nominated for Worst Actress for her performance in the film Firestarter, with many people taking to social media calling out the award show for bullying and a toxic message in nominating a preteen performer.

Doing better: Following substantial backlash online for including a minor among their nominees, the parody award show, which annually honors the worst of film, made the decision to introduce age limit for nominations

Doing better: Following substantial backlash online for including a minor among their nominees, the parody award show, which annually honors the worst of film, made the decision to introduce age limit for nominations

Cofounder John Wilson chat with Buzzfeed about the row, which comes less than a year after the show last year had to rescind a category mocking actor Bruce Willis after his diagnosis with aphasia was revealed publicly.

Wilson said that he ‘can see how it could be taken’ as mean-spirited, but doesn’t ‘think that was how it was meant.’

He added, ‘I think people who get upset about it – I don’t even know how to say this. The rage is interesting – perhaps somewhat justified, but I think overblown. There’s a righteousness about it. It’s the Razzie Awards, for goodness’ sake!’ 

In good company: While a Razzie nomination can be embarrassing, other stars who received nods or won their categories include Sandra Bullock (pictured above in 2010), Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Al Pacino and more

In good company: While a Razzie nomination can be embarrassing, other stars who received nods or won their categories include Sandra Bullock (pictured above in 2010), Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Al Pacino and more

Wilson said that ‘the intent’ on the nomination ‘was to be funny,’ and that ‘in this particular instance, we seem to have misstepped very badly.’

According to Wilson, the preteen actress is considered an ‘experienced actress, even if she’s only 12,’ and came in fifth in votes from around 1,100 voting members in the category, which also includes Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic Park: Dominion), Diane Keaton (Mack & Rita), Kaya Scodelario (The King’s Daughter) and Alicia Silverstone (The Requin).

Among those to vent their displeasure on social media was child actor Julian Hilliard, 11, who tweeted, ‘The razzies are already mean-spirited & classless, but to nominate a kid is just repulsive & wrong. Why put a kid at risk of increased bullying or worse? Be better.’ 

The annual award show is earmarked to highlight the worst of Hollywood's output the previous year

The annual award show is earmarked to highlight the worst of Hollywood’s output the previous year 

Armstrong appeared along Zac Efron in the 2022 adaptation of the Stephen King novel

Armstrong appeared along Zac Efron in the 2022 adaptation of the Stephen King novel 

In response to a user who called the show a joke, Hilliard replied, ‘Nope, not when it involves a kid. That “joke” can have a very negative impact. They crossed a line.’

Another user said of the nomination, ‘This is beyond the pale. As a critic, I believe in being honest about movies but there is zero reason to be cruel. Treating a child this way is monstrous.’

One user suggested the show rescind Armstrong’s nomination after the decision involving Willis last year. 

Among those to vent their displeasure on social media was child actor Julian Hilliard

Among those to vent their displeasure on social media was child actor Julian Hilliard

‘Just like when they Rescinded Bruce Willis’s Category Razzie Noms Last Year, I’m calling on #Razzies to Rescind Nom of Ryan Kiera Armstrong in Worst Actress,’ the user wrote. ‘They crossed line. She’s a Kid. Kids should be OFF LIMITS when it comes to Razzie. It’s Time to Rescind it & End Them!’

Another user suggested that ‘nominating a young talent isn’t fair,’ as they are still learning, and ‘it’s the equivalent of bashing someone’s first time cooking a complex recipe.’

Armstrong has also appeared in American Horror Story: Double Feature in 2021 and, mostly, was seen in the western, The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage, which came out earlier this month.

Another user said nominating a performer who is young and still learning is not fair, while another person said it is 'monstrous'

Another user said nominating a performer who is young and still learning is not fair, while another person said it is ‘monstrous’ 

The show last year had to rescind a category mocking actor Bruce Willis after his diagnosis with aphasia was revealed publicly

The show last year had to rescind a category mocking actor Bruce Willis after his diagnosis with aphasia was revealed publicly

One user suggested the show rescind Armstrong's nomination after the decision involving Willis last year

One user suggested the show rescind Armstrong’s nomination after the decision involving Willis last year



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