Helen Hunt in a pantsuit, victorious at The Spirit Awards: cool and casual?

At last night’s Independent Spirit Awards Helen Hunt finally took home a statue for Best Supporting Actress, for The Sessions. (A complete list of winners is here and nominees are here.) I’m so happy for her! I’m not going to front like I’ve watched the whole Spirit Awards yet, 10pm is past my bedtime, but I did tape it and fast-forward to Helen’s win. Helen thanked her her co-star, John Hawkes (who also won a Spirit Award!), saying I “got to dance with the sexiest dance partner who never moved.” She also said that she was surprised that that a film about healthy sexuality got made. She ended her speech with a reference to her daughter, Makena, who turns 9 next month. “I hope that my daughter stands in the light of the spirit of this movie for all her days.” Does she mean the spirit of gentle compassion? I was a little confused by that.

Helen wore some black skinny jeans paired with a white dressy tee and a black jacket. She looked awesome and very appropriate for the more casual style of the Spirit Awards. (Just Jared identifies her jeans as J Brand in the “Maria” style.)

Nina Dobrev wore this Michael Kors shirt and dress shorts combo which was just ok I guess. The top is gorgeous and she may have been going for “casual” with those shorts, but I don’t think dress shorts look good on anyone other than Dr. Zoe Hart. Plus what’s up with her hair?

Also in dress shorts we have the venerable Marcia Gay Harden. What do you say about this outfit? The shorts have the word “Carpe” written large on the hem, and her tucked-in shirt is somewhat sheer and yet still has a baffling sequin design that wouldn’t be out of place on an Ed Hardy design. I like her white coat, it’s kind of boss.

Laura Dern continued the sheer shirt trend with this totally see-through pink lace sleeveless top and cranberry pencil shirt accented by a bright blue bra. I haven’t been watching Enlightened on HBO this season, having only seen the first season, but this reminds that I might want to check it out again. Maybe Laura isn’t so unlike the wacky, unhinged character she plays on the show. She’s really great on it, but she gets in such precarious situations that it makes me uncomfortable at times, kind of like this outfit. It’s like you can’t look away.

The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica

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