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A fond look back at a hot summer film season

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.



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.

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