Tonight is the Academy Awards, which means Hollywood got the party started last night at the Independent Spirit Awards, where movies without big budget backing are celebrated for their achievements. The less fussy Indie Spirit Awards draws in a funkier-dressed crowd … let’s see who rocked in and who came up short.
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Is it just me, or was the beauty for this year’s Oscars kind of a bore? The ladies looked lovely as always, but for the life of me I couldn’t pick out a makeup look that really wowed. Maybe it’s because some of the real stunners, the young actresses who can afford to dare to stand out from the pack, skipped the ceremony entirely and made their way over to the Vanity Fair party a few hours early instead. Basically every time Elizabeth Olsen, who’s quickly becoming my favorite Olsen, leaves the house and is photographed, I subsequently covet to death whatever makeup she’s wearing — she always looks fresh-faced and pretty, never overdone. Predictably the Vanity Fair fête was no exception, but it was her appearance the night before at the Independent Spirit Awards that really stuck with me: the rose gold eyeshadow she sported is well on its way to becoming a major trend. The girls in Glamour‘s beauty department were one step ahead of me in identifying the frequency with which the gorgeously gilded shade has been worn. Let me tell you, I’ll take anything rose gold without question, but I’m really in love with it when swiped on lids. Here are the products you can use to get this celeb-approved look.
Seth Rogen, host of last night’s Independent Spirit Awards, pretty much killed it in his opening monologue, taking well-deserved shots at Mel Gibson (“Drive made Jews so scary I thought Mel Gibson directed it”) and Lars Von Trier. But his best joke killed three birds with one stone — Brett Ratner, who was forced to resign from producing the Oscars after he used a homophobic slur, Chris Brown, and the Grammy Awards. Referring to Ratner’s swift ouster, Rogen joked that he was better suited to produce the Grammys anyway, because “at the Grammys, you can literally beat the shit out of a nominee and be asked to perform twice.” Oof. Burn. [Perez Hilton]
How do the stars — well, some of them — spend the night before the Oscars? Celebrating the best of independent cinema, that’s how. The Indie Spirit Awards’ purple carpet is decidedly more casual than the Academy Awards, but stars like Michelle Williams, Rashida Jones, and Elizabeth Olsen still don’t slack off in the style department. Unfortunately, some others do. Check out the good, the bad, and the meh sartorial choices at last night’s fête.
UPDATE: Since they happen so quickly before the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards don’t usually get a ton of press. And so we will just bring you the weird-light (yeah, I can’t quite call it a highlight) of the awards ceremony. As Paul Rudd and Eva Mendes were presenting an award for Best Screenplay, Eva explained that the two had planned a bit that got cut for time wherein “Paul was going to grab my tits, and you guys were going to shocked, horrified, and laugh hysterically.” For good measure, Paul cupped one of her boobs anyway. As they continued with the presentation, and Paul read the names of the nominees, Rosario Dawson jumped on stage and grabbed Paul’s crotch. Grabbed and squeezed. Yes, really—this happened. Keep reading »