Sunday’s glitzy broadcast of the 86th annual Oscars featured nary a mention of WWE Studios’ latest offerings, leading some industry experts to speculate that Hollywood’s elite has a bias against straight-to-video dreck starring professional wrestlers.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences completely overlooked the sequel to 12 Rounds, in which a wooden Randy Orton reprises the role originally played by a hamfisted John Cena.
Nowhere to be seen on the Oscars’ red carpet were Brodus Clay, co-star or the critically ignored No One Lives, or lawyer-turned-wrestler David Otunga, who had an inconsequential role in The Call, which nobody saw.
Christmas Bounty starring The Miz also failed to get an Oscar nod, despite being described as the “best movie of all time” by a seven-year-old boy with cognitive impairments.
With nearly three-dozen films released since WWE Studios’ 2002 launch, pure chance alone should dictate that at least one of the films in the company’s oeuvre would generate some critical acclaim.
The company reportedly has high hopes that Scooby Doo WrestleMania Mystery will sweep the 2015 Oscars.