I saw two Oscar movies, Hugo & The Artist.
While they were very different in many aspects, both celebrated old movies. It was really great to finally watch Oscar movies that live up to some of the hype.
While the Artiste took the literal take with a black and white movie and a predictable love story done differently, Hugo is also a simple tale, told from adolescent perspectives. Both feature simple stories, that are well told, with an ensemble cast, and engaging characters. However, both lack serious twists and turns, villains, are fairly predictable and lack grittiness. I would hope that some offbeat dark movies like Drive (2011) should also get nomination since they too satisfy the urge to watch a good wholesome intelligent action flick.
Read my review on 'The Artist' burrp here (as cloverfield)