The kids are back in school, the popcorn poppers are cooling off and the theaters they operate in are back on fall hours. So that's a wrap on this year's summer cinema season, that First of May-to-Labor Day epoch when movie budgets are big and movie theater soft drinks are bigger.
The domestic box office was up, to more than $4.6 billion, a new record, according to Box Office Mojo. The international audience, which Hollywood has been pandering to of late ("Pacific Rim"), is flat.
"Iron Man 3" made the most money ($408 million), "Despicable Me 2" made more than $350 million and "Man of Steel," not a sequel, took in $290 million.
The Academy Awards are handed out in the dead of winter, and typically honor only those films that are still fresh on everybody's mind -- prestige pictures, the fall and winter "Awards Season" movies. Summer movies deserve their own Oscars -- S'mOscars, we call them. Sort of like S'mores, without the marshmallow.
And here they are.
Best picture: "Fruitvale Station," one of just a handful of summer dramas, this one could make the real Oscars best picture short list.
Best actress: Cate Blanch
ett, so broad, so theatrical, so frail and Blanche DuBois-like in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Another "real" Oscar favorite.
Best actor: Forrest Whitaker reminded us that the greatest weapon of the civil rights movement might have been dignity in "The Butler."
Best supporting actor: Steve Carell, playing bad in "The Way, Way Back"
Best supporting actress: Shailene Woodley, who turns the high school-drinking dramedy "The Spectacular Now" serious the moment she shows up.
Best movie you missed: See above. "Spectacular" about covers it.
Worst movie you all saw: "Man of Steel." Yeah, I went there.
Best make-work project for his pals: Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing."
Worst make-work project for his pals: Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2."
Most riotous performance in a bad movie: Jeff Bridges in "R.I.P.D.," edging Johnny Depp in "Tonto: The Motion Picture."
Coming-of-age comedy you hope your kids won't emulate: "The To Do List."
Best libation: Beer, so vital to saving humanity in "The World's End," such a grand social lubricant for romance in "Drinking Buddies," and a sea monster repellent in "Grabbers."
Best horror picture: "The Purge." "You're on your own" politics debunked by science fiction.
Sequels nobody asked for: "RED 2," "Smurfs 2," "Kick-Ass 2," "Percy Jackson 2."
One drink over the line: "The Hangover Part III."
Worst timing: "White House Down," too soon after "Olympus Has Fallen," and "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," good enough for April but a disaster in August.
Best popcorn pic: "World War Z" with its ant-piles of zombies scrambling over walls.
Most violent: "You're Next."
Best car: The Jensen Interceptor wheeled by Michelle Rodriguez through "Fast & Furious 6."
Best farewell tour: The "Shaun of the Dead" team takes one last bow together with "The World's End."
Worst product placement: Google in "The Internship." Some say a passable Owen Wilson / Vince Vaughn comedy was stillborn thanks to its celebration of the hydra-headed tech company.
The Greatest Gatsby: Leo, who made this one work and made it a hit.
Best Rapture picture: "This is the End," co-starring Craig Robinson.
Worst Rapture picture: "Rapture-Palooza," co-starring Craig Robinson.
Worst picture: Disney's "Planes," the nadir of a weak summer for children's animation.
Biggest bomb: "R.I.P.D." lost even more money than "The Lone Ranger." Which is saying something.