Really glad I saw it before all the press
Not that I've *read* any press on it of course but I at least know that the lead actress being the first indigenous woman to be nominated is all over the news. But when I saw it (and again, I saw it in 70mm, which is the perfect way to see it), I had only heard about it from a friend who told me it was the best film of the year and that I had to try to see it on the big screen if possible. But yeah, my sister was underwhelmed due to the hype and I'm sure that's a pretty common response. And FWIW the fact that it's Cuaron didn't really mean anything to me one way or the other. I generally enjoy his work but haven't really had a strong reaction to any of his films until now unless you count my mixed feelings about "Gravity" (incredible visuals, awful screenplay)- "Children of Men" and "Y Tu Mama Tambien" fare better than that one IMO.
Yes, the Oscars seem to get worse every year. More blatant filler/gimmickry, more shameless self-promotion, crappier jokes/hosts etc. But I still watch the whole thing because my parents have a party and we all gamble on the outcome (used to win all the time but haven't in at least a decade)