Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen at the Spirit Awards: boring or gorgeous?

These are some photos from last night’s Independent Spirit Awards, which is the independent-film awards always held the night before the Oscars. You can read the winners list here – Silver Linings Playbook won big, taking home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. The awards show goes down in a tent, and as such, the whole thing is pretty low-key. Most ladies wear simple dresses or slacks and a cute top. This year it seemed like some of the ladies were overdoing it. Let’s start with Salma Hayek and her husband Francois-Henri Pinault. I’m not sure why Salma was there…? She’s due to present at the Oscars tonight too, and I’m sure Pinault will be on the red carpet with her there too. She’s wearing Alexander McQueen here – I kind of don’t hate it? It’s not the best thing, but it’s interesting and it’s appropriate for the occasion.

Amy Poehler in David Meister. It’s a cute look, and this is the best her breakup bangs have looked thus far (which isn’t saying much). I like the pop of the red shoes and red clutch.

Kerry Washington in head-to-toe Giambattista Valli. On any other girl, I think I might have flat-out hated this, but I kind of think Kerry is pulling it off. It looks like she’s wearing a Monet, right? One complaint: the shoes are too matchy-matchy with the dress.

Camila Alves was my pick (along with Jennifer Lawrence, who Bedhead will cover in a moment) for Most Overdressed At the Spirits. Camila wore this full-on Escada gown in a cloying shade of pink. I mean… she looks beautiful and I can’t believe how quickly her body snaps back into shape after having a baby, but this is too much for the Spirits. This dress would have been great at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

And lastly, here’s Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana. I rarely think that big stripes are a good idea, but Zoe’s got the slim, tall figure to make this look chic. Not bad at all.

Photos courtesy of WENN.