That's not necessarily true. The Hurt Locker won the Oscar two years ago. It only made about $30 million dollars. Other nominees made a lot more than that at the box office. Also, 2016 has already made a lot of money. It is the second highest grossing documentary film of all time. So, I doubt that Academy members are sitting around saying, "This movie has already made a ton of money, let's ignore it so that it doesn't make even more money!" If that was their logic, then why did they fail to nominate Fahrenheit 9/11, a film that falls in line with the more liberal sensibilities of the Academy voters? Were they trying to stop its box office also?