The Razzie Awards are stirring controversy after nominating an eleven-year-old child actor for worst actress, leading to calls to reverse it.

That Razzies has stirred controversy by nominating an eleven-year-old child actor for its infamous worst actress award. The satirical ceremony is broadcast annually the day before the Oscars and is intended as light-hearted jabs at some of the industry’s less well-received performances and productions of the year. However, the reception of the Razzies has always been divisive, and the awards have been known to cause controversy in the past, including Shelley Duval’s nomination for Evil hotel and a category created exclusively for Bruce Willis in 2022, just days before his family announced his premature retirement following his unfortunate aphasia diagnosis.


The Razzies’ controversial decision to nominate child actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong in the Worst Actress category for her performance in Fire starter has caused a visceral reaction. Many have taken to social media to express their disapproval of the decision and the ceremony itself, and have also defended the actor in question. It’s not the first time a child actor has been nominated for a Razzie, with Young Anakin Skywalker star Jake Lloyd from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace not only lands the nomination, but eventually stopped acting after unfortunately experiencing bullying as a result of the film’s poor reception, and his Razzie nomination was undoubtedly a contributing factor. Some of the reactions to this latest controversy can be seen below:

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Will The Razzies rescind their worst actress nomination?

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The Razzies must now decide whether to stick with their decision or reverse it after the intense criticism it has incurred. Opting not to rescind the actor’s Worst Actress nomination would likely only further damage the ceremony’s already dubious reputation, so it would be in their best interest to admit their mistake. It wouldn’t be the first turn; just last year, Willis’ award was revoked following his aphasia diagnosis, although this was not before first standing firm in their decision, which only caused more backlash. This shows that it is possible for the current Worst Actress nomination to be voided, even if the uproar should be loud enough to instigate the change.

The Razzie Awards have been around since 1981, but social media has meant that the public outcry is far more visible now than when the ceremony was founded. This likely contributed to the eventual recall of Willis’ category, and now prices are once again under pressure to reverse another controversial decision. There has been only one other instance of an award being revoked, with the withdrawal of Duvall’s Razzie for Worst Actress for her performance in Evil hotel, which came along with the Willis decision. Although intended as light-hearted fun, the inclusion of a child in its latest iteration has been considered short-sighted and potentially very damaging, especially given the previous experience with Lloyd.

It’s time for The Razzies to end

2016 Razzie Award Nominations

With last year’s Willis nomination, and now this year’s child actor nomination, the Razzies seem to be causing more controversy than the comedy relief it claims. Despite being a parody, “prices” can have real and serious consequences for its nominee, especially a child who probably doesn’t have the thick skin and experience dealing with vandalism that an adult might. Many critics of Razzies believe they do more harm than good and should therefore be stopped. The last two iterations of the ceremony seem to have proven that it is not possible for them to avoid controversy and potential damage, so perhaps the best course of action would be for the awards to finally end.

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