Some of the luminaries receiving the dubious honor included Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton and Penelope Cruz, as well as pre-teen actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong, star of the critically acclaimed “Firestarter” remake.
On Wednesday, Razzie Awards co-founder John Wilson released a statement apologizing for Armstrong’s nomination:
“Sometimes you do things without thinking and then you get called out for it. Then you get it. That’s why the Razzies were created in the first place.
The recent valid criticism of the choice of 11-year-old Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards has drawn our attention to our callousness in this case.
Accordingly, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the final ballot that our members will cast next month. We also believe that a public apology is due to Ms. Armstrong, and would like to say that we regret any harm she has suffered as a result of our choices.
Although the Razzie Awards have previously nominated young performers such as teenage Brooke Shields in 1981 and 8-year-old Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ in 2000, Wilson said it’s not would happen anymore.
“Having learned from this lesson, we would also like to announce that effective immediately, we are adopting a voting guideline prohibiting any artist or filmmaker under the age of 18 from being considered for our awards.
“We never intended to bury anyone’s career. This is why our Redeemer Award was created. We all make mistakes, most of us included.
Wilson added that the organization’s motto is “Own Your Bad” and realized that “we ourselves must also be up to it”.
The 43rd Razzie Awards will be announced on March 11.