Razzie Awards remove controversial worst actress nominee after backlash

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The Razzie Awards have backtracked on the controversial addition of 12-year-old actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong in their Worst Actress category. Organizers have removed the young actor, known for her role in Firestarter, from the shortlist after the backlash. 

The movie is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and features Armstrong as a young girl with the ability to create fire. Her parents (played by Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon) have tried to hide her from a federal agency that wants to weaponize her power. However, things get much more complicated after an incident reveals where the family is. 

"Sometimes, you do things without thinking," Golden Raspberry Awards head John Wilson said in a statement, via Variety (opens in new tab). "Then you are called out for it. Then you get it. It’s why the Razzies were created in the first place. The recent valid criticism of the choice of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards brought our attention to how insensitive we’ve been in this instance."

Wilson went on to apologize to Armstrong for any "hurt she experienced", before announcing plans to introduce an age limit of 18 years old for future nominees. "We have never intended to bury anyone’s career," he added. "It is why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, very much us included."

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Fay Watson

I’m an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering TV and film for the Total Film and SFX sections online. I previously worked as a Senior Showbiz Reporter and SEO TV reporter at Express Online for three years. I've also written for The Resident magazines and Amateur Photographer, before specializing in entertainment.