Many viewers thought that the organizers of the Golden Raspberry were cruel when they nominated 12-year-old child actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong for the category of Worst Actress. The co-founder later admitted they made a mistake but respected Armstrong’s vote.
As usual, the Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony is announced exactly one day before the Oscars ceremony (taking place on March 12). The annual cinema event is as much awaited as any of its competitors, to “find out” the worst movies and worst acting of the year.
However, controversy broke out when the Golden Raspberry Award nominated 12-year-old child actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong for the category of Worst Actress. Ryan Kiera Armstrong once starred in the movie Firestarter, starring with actor Zac Efron.
12-year-old child actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong
The work is the second adaptation of the 1980 novel of the same name, authored by Stephen King, about a girl with the power to control fire. In the 1984 film version, Armstrong’s character was played by Drew Barrymore. “Nobody here knows what they’re doing and, more importantly, why they’re doing it,” said the Guardian’s film critic.
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone called the film a “disaster at alarm four”, but still gave encouragement to the 12-year-old child star: “Armstrong tried his best in a role that was almost impossible to succeed. “.
Many fans felt it was cruel for Armstrong to be named in the Golden Raspberry.
Julian Hilliard – Child actor famous through the movie WandaVision, The Haunting of Hill House said on Twitter: “Crazy people are inherently evil, to nominate a child is disgusting and wrong. Why did they put her in a more bullied position?”
Some pointed out that this is not the first time Golden Raspberry has stigmatized children. In the past, many names have been nominated such as Jake Lloyd for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), actor Macaulay Culkin – who was nominated three times in 1995 for Getting Even With Dad, The Pagemaster and Richie Rich.
Sharing the cause with BuzzFeed News, Golden Raspberry co-founder John Wilson said about 1,100 members voted Armstrong in fifth place. They are still debating whether to include Armstrong on the list of nominees because of her age. In the end, they decided to respect the result and said, “Ryan Kiera Armstrong is an experienced actress, even when she’s 12 years old.”
“I think a lot of people are upset about this. I do not know how to say. The audience rage is justified but I find it overblown,” Wilson said. However, he admitted this year’s Golden Raspberry Award was wrong to nominate child actor Armstrong.
“The purpose of the awards ceremony is to make you laugh. In this case, we seem to have made a huge mistake. I admit it,” he said.
Last year, the Golden Raspberry Awards decided to cancel the award for “Bruce Willis’ worst performance in a number of films in 2021” after the actor’s family revealed he was struggling with a speech disorder caused by a speech disorder. brain damage, loss of communication ability.
“If someone’s state of health is a factor influencing decision-making, it is not appropriate to award them a Golden Raspberry award,” the organizers said.