People who greenlight studio films aren't generally people with their fingers on the pulse of this topic
That's a common misconception. The problem is that you're trying to sell something, not make a statement. The US film industry is about the least subsidized in the world and as such, its films reflect market forces more than any other.
The difference between "the movie you want to make" and "the movie you get to make" is who's paying for it. That's why Hollywood gives so much of a shit about the Oscars: it celebrates the movies that everybody left Poughkeepsie for but that Poughkeepsie refuses to watch because they're too busy watching a goddamn Ant Man sequel. The whole of the prestige movie economy exists as consolation bait for people who never thought they'd spend all day in front of a green screen.