With the list of Oscar nominees, also comes the Golden Raspberry! The award that elects the worst films and artists in cinema released the nominations this Tuesday (24). However, one of them gave the internet something to talk about. The ceremony decided to include Ryan Kiera Armstrong in the category of “Worst Actress” for her performance in “Flames of Revenge”, a new adaptation of “The Incendiary”, a classic book by Stephen King, starring Zac Efron. The issue is that the artist is only 12 years old.
In the film, Armstrong plays Charlene McGee, a girl with powers to control fire who ends up being pursued by a paramilitary organization. The film was not well received by critics, but many netizens thought the decision to nominate the actress for the controversial award was premature.
“The Golden Raspberry has always been a pathetic excuse for… something… but naming a child is particularly shocking for many reasons. End it all”wrote one of them. “A little scary for an awarding body made up of adults to publicly humiliate a child”said another. Check out the reactions below:
“Ryan Kiera Armstrong’s Golden Raspberry nomination for ‘Worst Actress’ is so completely ignorant and cynical that I can’t understand it. They have no idea what that can do to a child actress who probably considered her lead role in ‘Flames of Vengeance’ to be a high point in her life”.
“I like the Golden Raspberry, but naming 11-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong Worst Actress? DO NOT. IT IS. COOL. We must encourage children, not push them down! She did really well in ‘IT: Chapter Two,’ and that was years ago!”
“The cruelest thing about Raspberry d’Or nominating a 12-year-old girl (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) is that she wasn’t even bad in Flames of Vengeance. I actually thought she had promise, but she was stuck in a not-so-great movie. It’s like the Golden Raspberry only exists to be bad at this point “
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Actor Julian Hilliard, from “WandaVision”, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and “The Haunting of Hill House”, also came out in defense of the actress. “The Golden Raspberry has always been cruel and classless, but appointing a child is repulsive and wrong. Why target a child for more bullying or even worse? Get better!”he wrote.
However, this is not the first time that the award nominates a child to one of the categories. The same happened with Jake Lloyd for “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999) and Macaulay Culkin, who was nominated three times in 1995 for “Settling the Score with Dad”, “Pagemaster – The Master of Fantasy” and “Rich Boy”.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Golden Raspberry co-founder John Wilson explained that the approximately 1,100 voting members placed Armstrong fifth among the nominees. Despite this, organizers debated whether to include her because of her age. Even so, they decided to respect the votes to nominate the artist. According to Wilson, she is “a seasoned actress, even though she’s only 12”.
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“I can see how it could be considered that way [como maldade]. I don’t think that’s what I meant.”he stated. “I think people who are upset about it – I don’t even know how to say this. The anger is interesting – maybe somewhat justified, but I think it’s over the top.” declared. John even added his opinion regarding the reactions: “There is a justice to that. It’s the Golden Raspberry, for God’s sake!”
He also said that the Golden Raspberry probably made a mistake this year in nominating the young woman. “The intention was to be funny. In this particular case, it looks like we got it wrong. I would admit it”admitted.
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