I was reminded about this idea when "pierce sisters" wasn't nominated for an oscar. Everyone was so shocked, since it had won every major animation festival. A similar thing happened with Joanna quinns "dreams and desires" (another fav of mine) which wasn't even nominated! Instead of blaming the academy (which people LOVE to do), i think you need to realize that animation is often an echo chamber, and what you may think is common knowledge, happens to be only common to animation people (an incredibly small, often lame, bubble). I believe in the effectiveness of finding other crowds, and "crossing over" to them, diversitize. Most people, even artists, don't know what Aardman is, or Plympton, or glen keane. That's just a fact. and actually, there's even echo chambers within the industry, for example, i could not tell you a single creator of any cartoon network show, they don't cross over to my independent world. As an animator, most of us are qualified to dabble into many fields. ie, I'm not a huge fan of Gary Basemans art, but he excels at being diverse, working in many facets of the art world.