The Razzies are under scrutiny yet again after nominating 11-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong for Worst Actress.
The nominations for the Golden Raspberry Awards were announced this week, with Blonde‘s eight leading the way, followed by the Machine Gun Kelly-directed Good morning and Disney’s Pinocchio. But none of the nominees has drummed up as much controversy and outrage as that of the 11-year-old star of FirestarterRyan Kiera Armstrong, nominated for the Razzie’s Worst Actress award.
As seen in the below tweets (just a small sampling of the wealth of anti-Razzies posts), many are calling out the Razzies for the Firestarter nod and their cruel single out of an adolescent.
Not surprisingly, FirestarterRyan’s Kiera Armstrong is not the only time the Razzies have been nominated for a child actor. The Golden Raspberries started this as early as their first ceremony, with a teenage Brooke Shields “winning” for The Blue Lagoon. They nominated Gary Coleman for 1981’s On the Right Track the following year. The track record includes Macaulay Culkin for 1994’s Richie Rich and Jake Lloyd in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Notably, Lloyd left the movie business after facing incessant bullying over the movie.
With so much heat surrounding the nomination, one wonders if the Razzies will rescind the Worst Actress nod. After all, it wouldn’t be out of turn. Just last year, they did that with the Worst Performance by Bruce Willis in a 2021 Movie after the actor announced he was retiring from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia. Before that, Razzies co-founder Maureen Murphy expressed regret over Shelley Duvall’s nomination for The Shining at the inaugural ceremony, saying, Knowing the backstory and the way that Stanley Kubrick kind of pulverized her, I would take that back. And they did just that, expunging the nomination from Razzie records.
Firestarter He’s also nominated for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off, or Sequel, which seems a far more fitting category than the Razzies picking on a pre-teen.
What do you think of the Razzies nominating Ryan Keira Armstrong for Firestarter? Should child actors be off-limits when it comes to such awards? Do you think they will accept the nomination? Let us know your take in the comments section below.