The Oscars are something of a horse race. There is a lot of commotion and excitement. One horse, or movie, wins. The one difference is that the winning horse is usually remembered longer than the winning movie.
For all the noise and spectacle, the Academy Award contest horse race has little to do with excellence or originality in film making. A movie can go on to being considered a great, groundbreaking film without a nod from the Academy.
Hollywood is really a large cliquey high school. The student council members and cheerleaders get considered for prom queen. The geeks and Goths aren’t even interested in the contest.
So the members of Hollywood’s cliques continued to get Academy Awards. And those outside these cliques, such as the makers and actors of the excellent SELMA, are not considered.
But still, knowing all this, I will probably continue turning my TV on each year to the Oscars. It just isn’t particularly important. Or interesting.
When I want substance, I watch the Tonys.