What a glorious summer of cinema it was, with “The Dark Knight” reminding us why we miss Heath Ledger, Abba fans coming out for “Mamma Mia!,” and “Kung Fu Panda” and “WALL-E” keeping the kids entertained.
Here are several movies worth remembering, even if Oscar voters don't.
Best actor: Robert Downey Jr., in iron (“Iron Man”) and in blackface (“Tropic Thunder”). “I know who I am! I'm a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude!” Dude, you said it.
Best supporting actor: Danny McBride, “Pineapple Express” and “Tropic Thunder” – the funniest Southern accent in the cinema.
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Best supporting actress: Gwyneth Paltrow, “Iron Man.” She made us care, and made the flirtation work.
Best director: Jon Favreau, for making “Iron Man” witty, heartfelt and fun.
Best picture: “WALL-E.” Great animation, a simple story, a cautionary message.
Best myth debunked: “All Irishmen can sing.” See Pierce Brosnan.
Best upgrade: Maggie Gyllenhaal, replacing Katie Holmes in “The Dark Knight.”
Best reunion: Karen Allen and Harrison Ford, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
Career in trouble: Mike Myers. “The Love Guru” would have been the hit of the summer … in 1994.
Best sequel: “The Dark Knight.” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” wasn't bad, either.
Most pointless sequel: “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”
Best movies you missed: “Mongo”; “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”; “Son of Rambow.” Seriously, how many times do you need to see “The Dark Knight”?
Worst bad movies you flocked to: “Get Smart.” And “Hancock.” Really, people.