and how was it that these were all considered better
Its the Oscars. They are more famous now for screwing up than they are getting it right.
The greatest director of all time, Alfred Hitchcock, never won an Oscar. I have very little to no respect for a bunch of senile 80 year old white dudes deciding who the best director is and best picture. Hitchcock has possibly 5 of the top 50 movies of all time and best director. He wasnt even nominated for what some consider the greatest movie of all time, Vertigo, or North by Northwest, Dial M for Murder (one of my top 3 of all time), The Birds, ect. YAH ACADEMY!