The nominees for Best Picture are bad. The only reason movies like LINCOLN, LES MISERABLES, SILVER LININGS, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD made it because they hit all the Oscar bait checkmarks without actually being that great of movies. movies like MAGIC MIKE, LOOPER, and MOONRISE KINGDOM off the top of my head were far more interesting and original than those choices (not saying they should have been nominated for Best Picture either, but they'll be more memorable than the ones I mentioned above).
It's just that the Oscars and the Academy are so boring and so predictable. The same old white men making the choices, never taking risks, so these studios and producers and directors know exactly what they need to do to hit all the checkmarks and get nominated without actually putting too much thought and effort in what they are creating.
real talk MAGIC MIKE is way better than the vast majority of the movies nominated for Best Picture in 2012.
Did you see the movies you mentioned above?