The same people that are criticising the Academy for nominating The Reader over The Dark Knight and complaining that they snubbed an of-sorts genre movie (in this case a comic book action movie) in favour of yet another WWII Holocaust movie are probably the exact same people that complain - and continue to complain to this very day, ugh - about Saving Private Ryan losing Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love in 1998. You know, the WWII Holocaust movie losing to an of-sorts genre movie (in this case romantic comedy).
Or is it not allowed when the WWII movie in question is filled with action and violence and is male-oriented and directed by a safe heterosexual man who makes movies for the masses and when the other film in question is a "girly" movie? Oh I think it is. And it still baffles me why nobody is upset at Frost/Nixon for cruising like a cheap hustler into the Oscar race. Did that movie do anything?