Simple. Nominate movies I have actually fucking heard of. Slumdog Millionaire- Huh? Wha?
The other reason I don't watch them is every year I know without a doubt I will disagree with every win.
The ratings are going to shit because your average person is not some artsy old fart. This is why I loved the MTV Movie awards... at least for the first 3-4 years of it. I watched the winners after that but just could not stomach the show anymore.
If I could stop people from you from voting I would.
Seriously. You support giving awards to Michael Bay and you somehow went through 2008 without hearing about Slumdog Millionaire, which managed to make $100 million dollars.
It's not that the Oscars are "artsy," it's that your taste in entertainment is probably terrible.