I think the majority of films nominated for Best Picture are pretty average to bad. Liked ARGO and DJANGO. As I've been saying for a while, THE MASTER, MAGIC MIKE, and LOOPER should have been nominated over junk like LES MISERABLES, LIFE OF PI, and even LINCOLN.
The Master was better than Life of Pi ... I'll give you that. But I wasn't really that impressed with it as a whole ... it felt (like Lincoln) like pure Oscar-bait.
I used to not be able to stand him, burning loved every movie he has directed and a lot of his old movies are complete and utter guilty pleasures of mine even though I know they are terrible (phantoms and reindeer games to name a few).
He's 3 for 3 directing, imo, great movies.
And looks like next up is another Dennis Lehane novel (one of my favorite novelists) ... so my expectations are skyhigh.