I recently (as in two days ago) watched 2010's Academy Award winning Best Picture The Hurt Locker.
It was better than Avatar.
It was better than The Blind Side.
It was better than District 9.
But as for Best Picture? The protagonist is a worn out character type in a conflict overdone to boot.
It's well enough acted, written, and shot. However, it's uninspiring, unenlightening, and nothing that we haven't seen before.
If The Hurt Locker is the best that Hollywood can do, then I'm ready to surrender my Netflix subscription for good old AMC.