27 Jan - The organisers of the Golden Raspberry Awards have recently apologised and removed child actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong from the nomination for their Worst Actress for her performance in the Stephen King adaptation, "Firestarter".
John Wilson, who heads the group that organises the awards, known to the masses as the Razzies, issued a statement that read, "Sometimes, you do things without thinking. Then you are called out for it. Then you get it. It's why the Razzies were created in the first place."
Wilson stated that the criticism against them was valid, which is why they have decided to remove Armstrong's name from the final ballot.
"We also believe a public apology is owed Ms. Armstrong, and wish to say we regret any hurt she experienced as a result of our choices," he said, adding that the new guidelines will preclude any performer or filmmaker who is a minor from being considered for a Razzie Award.
Armstrong was 11 when she filmed the movie, and the nomination had been met with uproar by many, seeing that she is still a minor and that the nomination could affect her.
Other former child stars including "Little Giants" star Devon Sawa took to social media to slam the decision, saying, "The Razzies are run by soulless people. Nominating a 12-year-old? F*** them. That child could grow to be amazing if you haven't gotten in their head."
Other actresses who are nominated in the category are Bryce Dallas Howard ("Jurassic Park: Dominion"), Diane Keaton ("Mack & Rita"), Kaya Scodelario ("The King's Daughter") and Alicia Silverstone ("The Requin").