The sad truth of the matter is that the Oscar voters are desperately attempting to prove they have artistic integrity... and nobody cares. Artsie fartsie is fine for film festivals, in fact, that's why people go to them unfortunately the majority of the movie going public doesn't really care about artsie fartsie. Anyway, I've been thinking that perhaps the Academy should come up with another award and give it to the best artsie fartsie film. That way they could give an award to the Best Documentary, Best Foreign Language, Best Artsie Fartsie, and save the Best Picture Award for the Best Picture. Who cares if you get an award for a move nobody has any desire to go see?
Now, I know there are people out there who are going to complain "hey, I saw 'Birdman' and it was great." Yeah, you and 4 million other people, 35 million people went to see "American Sniper." So, if "Birdman" was so good, why didn't 38 million plunk down their $10 bucks for that film? But then "American Sniper" isn't artsie fartsie, is it? And that's what counts.