“A regrettable choice”: the Razzie Awards create controversy by nominating a 12-year-old actress before backtracking | Instagram 7sur7
Coaster at the Razzie Awards. The organizers of these satirical trophies have introduced an age limit after heavy criticism for their nomination of young actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong in the ‘Worst Actress of the Year’ category.
In a statement, Razzies founder John Wilson apologized and confirmed that the 12-year-old girl’s name had been removed from the ballot. He added that in the future, under-18s could no longer be nominated for the awards.
The choice had created controversy. The Razzies had nominated the actress for her performance in the movie “Firestarter,” which also stars actor Zac Efron. If the latter was not nominated, the film obtained a place in the category “worst remake”.
Several former child stars have denounced this choice, which was deemed to be in bad taste. “The Razzies are run by soulless people. Name a 12 year old? Let them go. She could become an amazing person if you hadn’t questioned her self-esteem,” wrote Devon Sawa, discovered in “Casper”, in a now deleted tweet.
Julian Hilliard, who starred in ‘WandaVision’ and ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, also threw his support behind the young actress, writing: ‘The Razzies are already petty and classless, but to name a child is simply disgusting and unfair. Why put him at risk of being teased or worse? Do better.”
“Valid” criticism, according to the founder of the ceremony, who defended himself. “Sometimes you do things without thinking, and then you get blamed for it (…) The recent justified criticism of young Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards, has drawn our attention to the fact that we have been insensitive in that case.”
“We never intended to bury anyone’s career. This is why our ‘Redemption Award’ was created. We all make mistakes, ourselves included. Since our motto is ‘Accept your mistakes’, we are aware that we must also rise to the occasion.
This isn’t the first time the Razzies have backtracked on a controversial nomination. Last year, organizers canceled the satirical award they had given to Bruce Willis for his lifetime achievement in 2021, after his family announced he was retiring due to cognitive impairment.
“If a person’s medical condition is a factor in their decision-making and/or performance, we recognize that it is not appropriate to award them a Razzie,” the event co-founders had said. , Mo Murphy and John Wilson, in a statement.
Tom Hanks leads the nominations
While “Elvis,” which he recently starred in, is an Oscar favorite, Tom Hanks has earned three Razzie nominations. The actor was shortlisted by the organizers of these satirical trophies for his roles as manager of Elvis Presley in the biopic dedicated to the rock’n’roll legend, and of Geppetto in the remake of Disney’s “Pinocchio”.
According to a statement from the organizers of the Razzies, in the film “Elvis”, Tom Hanks delivered the “most widely derided performance of the year 2022”. The actor and with “his latex-laden face (and accent ridiculous),” were also nominated for the Razzies’ “worst on-screen couple” category.
Disney’s “Pinocchio” was one of five films in the running for the “worst picture” Razzie, alongside the controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic “Blonde.”
The “Golden Raspberry Awards”, the official name of the Razzies, were invented in a Los Angeles living room in 1981 by former film students and Hollywood professionals. They are usually awarded the day before the Academy Awards. The lucky winners receive a trophy representing a raspberry the size of a golf ball placed on a reel of Super 8 film.
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