The Razzies have apologized and removed child actor Ryan Kiera Armstrong from their annual list of nominees.
Armstrong had this week been nominated for worst actress for her performance in “Firestarter” by The Golden Raspberry Awards (the formal name for the Razzies), a satire of Hollywood awards shows that bill themselves as celebrating the best of the worst in the cinema.
There were setbacks as Armstrong is only 12 years old.
“Sometimes you do things without thinking, then you are called out for it. Then you get it. This is why the Razzies were created in the first place,” Razzies co-founder John B. Wilson said in a statement Wednesday.
“The recent valid criticism of the selection of 11-year-old (sic) Armstrong as a nominee for one of our awards brought to our attention how insensitive we have been in this case,” the statement continued. “As a result, we have removed Armstrong’s name from the final vote that our members will cast next month. We also believe that a public apology is owed to Ms. Armstrong, and wish to say that we are sorry for any harm she has caused experienced as a result of our choices.”
The Razzies will only nominate those 18 or older who advance, according to the group.
“We never intended to bury anyone’s career. That’s why our Redeemer Award was created,” the statement said. “We all make mistakes, mostly ourselves. Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad’, we realize that we have to live up to it ourselves.”
CNN has reached out to representatives for Armstrong for comment.