I'll try and explain more in depth what the debate topic is over first. In my opinion the Oscars should create new categories for awarding films and retire the traditional way of the ceremony. Instead of a group of critics who are the majority biased towards different religious backgrounds or political parties, the viewers of the show and audiences who saw the movies should be responsible for who the nominees and winners are. One of my primary concerns of the recent 86th Oscars was how, once again, the vast majority of awards went primarily towards 2 films. Gravity and 12 Years a Slave essentially swept the ceremony. It was obviously clear from the start that 12 Years a Slave (a lackluster film at best) would win Best Picture, simply because the term 'racist' would be thrown around if it wasn't and because the critics who decided the winners are politically biased towards being 'racially sensitive.' It seems as if this ceremony's only worthy awards handed out have been the technical awards. For example,the winner of the awards in sound and visual effects went to Gravity, which while I felt it was only a decent film, I agreed it should have won the technical awards it achieved. The problem lies in the critics wanting to award for both diversity and commonplace, two ideas that can't work together. This can best be shown by this year's Oscars awarding the acrid and completely obnoxious song 'Let It Go' from the soundtrack of Frozen (a song with little meaning or point) over U2's beautiful 'Ordinary Love' from Mandela. The same could be said for 'Let It Go' winning over 'The Moon Song' from Her. And yet, as soon as they try to diversify, they award Cate Blanchett Best Female in a Leading Role. Simply put, there are no more surprises when it comes to the ceremony and the winners of the awards themselves are often times dull and bland films to watch. I feel as if the biggest crime at the Oscars this year was both Nebraska and Captain Phillips neither won any award, but a movie about slavery (been there, done that) and a film about an astronaut evading debris can take home the majority of awards. Categories such as 'Best Performance by a Star in an Action Role' or things like 'Greatest Portrayal of Suspense' would change things up for the Oscars and make it so that more films can be recognized and awarded for the things THEY were trying to portray. There are too many good films out there to deny recognizing simply because the awards don't allow for a diverse experience.
On a side note... When The Lone Ranger and Iron Man 3 are nominated for Oscars and Shakespeare in Love triumphs over Saving Private Ryan, you know there's a problem.