Razzie Awards faces harsh criticism for nominating ‘Firestarter’ child star: ‘Disgusting and wrong’

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

Ryan Kiera Armstrong in ‘Firestarter’ (Photo: Courtesy of Ken Woroner/Universal Pictures/Everett Collection)

Since its launch in 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have positioned themselves as anti-Academy Awards. Self-proclaimed “Oscar’s ugly cousin,” the rabble-rousing Razzies have tarnished the honor of the worst movies and performances in an industry notorious for over-rewarding itself with outlandish categories this time of year. For example, Jackass: The Movie In 2002, when it won the award for Film Targeting the Hottest Teens, the notorious turkey Cat in the Hat It was voted Worst Excuse for a Real Movie in 2003.

Good-natured celebrities like Tom Green (five-time winner in 2002) Freddy got fingered), Halle Berry (Worst Actress of 2004) cat Woman) and Sandra Bullock (who scored Razzie) all about Steve The night before the Oscar win the blind side in 2010) all attended the normally unpretentious ceremony to collect their trophies.

But in more recent years, Razzies has lost both its popular culture stamp and moviegoer goodwill. “Is it time to retire the Razzie Awards?” several experts asked. he asked. Some of the rebound can be attributed to fatigue – perhaps we left the anger behind; Perhaps the forty-year-old joke has skipped the shark—but the nominating committee has also taken some very misguided steps in recent years that have sparked increased public criticism.

The most recent controversy came Monday when Razzies chose a 12-year-old. igniter actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong, along with Bryce Dallas Howard, on the list of Worst Actress nominees (Jurassic World: Domination), Diane Keaton (Mac and Rita), Kaya Scodelario (daughter of the king) and Alicia Silverstone (requin).

Never mind Armstrong (It Part Two, Black Widow, The Old Way) wasn’t one of the most talented, prolific child actors to work, or the worst part of the failed Stephen King remake. The problem, of course, is that he’s a kid being teased by adults – even though Razzies insists it’s just a joke.

Regardless, the organization faces a harsh reprimand on the nomination.

“If you thought the Razzies would decide to be less grumpy this year, think again, because this year’s worst actresses nominees include a 12-year-old girl,” she wrote. VariationFrom Ethan Shanfeld.

“The Razzies hit a new low by nominating an eleven-year-old girl whose performance I truly admire.” tweeted filmmaker Joe Russo (not he isJoe Russo). “If you’re going to continue to humiliate people’s hard work—which you shouldn’t—at least target adults.”

“ [Razzies] They’re grumpy and classless anyway, but it’s disgusting and wrong to nominate a child.” Wrote another child actor, Julian Hilliard. “Why put a child at increased risk of bullying or worse? Be better.”

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

While Armstrong’s nomination may seem like a turning point, this is not the first child actor to be nominated by the establishment. Previous candidates included Diana Scarwid (who played Joan Crawford’s daughter in 1981). mom dear), Jake Lloyd (who played a very young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999s) Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) and Macaulay Culkin (for three different performances in 1995).

Controversy over Armstrong’s nomination came just a year after the Golden Raspberry Foundation embarrassed himself by creating a special category called Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie, but rescinded the designation when Willis’ family revealed he was struggling with the neurological disorder aphasia. and moving away from acting. Willis had appeared in 11 films in 2021, but multiple reports suggested that he was exploited by the industry to appear in cash-grabbing movies due to his deteriorating health.

There are movie fandom groups that definitely don’t put much trust in Razzies. In its early years, Razzies targeted another Stephen King adaptation, giving Stanley Kubrick the Worst Director award for the horror classic. Flare. However The organization behind the awards announced last year announced that lead actress Shelley Duvall will “reclaim” the Worst Actress award for alleged harassment from Kubrick on set.

But as hostility towards the Razzies seems to be growing over the years, it looks like it has a definite contender for Hollywood’s Worst Award Show.

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