Ryan Keira Armstrong is up for worst actress at the 2023 Razzies, so who is she and what film earned her the nomination?

Every actor would like a little recognition for their work, but when it comes to the Razzies, we’re not so sure. While the Oscars are the crème de la crème of Hollywood award shows, the Razzies poke fun at the end of the spectrum by honoring the worst movies of the year.

The upcoming Razzies, formally known as Golden Raspberry Awards, will take place on March 11, so the nominations are in! No one is safe, not even 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong and many are slamming the parody event for mocking an up-and-coming star.

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Film critics and fans defend Ryan Kiera Armstrong against the Razzies

Ryan Kiera is up for worst actress for her role in the sci-fi horror film Firestarter, as Charlie McGee, a girl with pyrokinesis power – the ability to control fire with the mind.

It is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and stars Zac Efron, Sydney Lemmon, and Kurtwood Smith,

According to IMDb, it grossed about $15 million worldwide against a $12 million budget. Meanwhile, film critics from The Guardian, Variety, and Roger Ebert called the production “cheap” and deemed it as “no improvement” from the first 1984 adaptation.

That being said, the internet has found Ryan Kiera’s nomination insensitive since Firestarter is her first leading role.

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Fellow young actor and WandaVision star Julian Hillard commented: “The Razzies are already mean-spirited and classless, but to nominate a kid is just repulsive and wrong.

Why put a kid at risk of increased bullying or worse? Be better.”

Actor and YouTuber Brandon Hardest blasted the Razzies as “completely ignorant and cynical”.

“They have no clue what this can do to a child actress who probably considered her starring role in Firestarter as a high point in her life,” he continued.

Film critic Dave Lee recalled the time he met Armstrong, who was ecstatic to hear his positive review of her Firestarter performance. “This must be gutting for any upcoming performer,” he added.

Ryan Kiera Amstrong has appeared in the Marvel Universe

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The 12-year-old is just four years into her professional career and she already managed to book a leading role. Before her stint as Firestarter’s psychic teen, however, you may have seen in her two major productions already.

In 2019, she appeared in It Chapter Two as Victoria Fuller, the young girl who is killed by Pennywise when he lures her to under the bleachers at a baseball game.

The next year, she cameoed as the child version of Gloria Steinem, Julianne Moore’s character in The Glorias.

As for the MCU, Ryan portrayed a young Antonia Dreykov in Black Widow, the daughter of the Red Room leader Dreykov.

Her latest film was released on January 6, 2023 as Nicolas Cage’s daughter in the western film, The Old Way.

Armstrong has yet to comment on her Razzie nomination.

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