Best and Most Relaxed of the Spirit Awards Red Carpet

The Independent Spirit Awards. Though the Razzies try as they might to be the “anti-Oscars” the ISAs really are the anti-Oscars. (Because unlike the Razzies, the big name show up.) They’re so anti_Oscars, the carpet is blue. They’re so anti-Oscars, no one tells you who they are wearing. They’re so anti-Oscars, there is no Worst Dressed.

No really. There is no worst dressed here. Because everyone came casual, and no one tried too hard. Ok, well maybe one or two, but one of those outfits was the best of the night.

1 CATE BLANCHETT

Cate Blanchett. I don’t care if it’s rational. I love this dress. I love the big koi at the hem, I love the peacock in the will of the bodice, I love the psychedelic flowers down the sleeves. The only quibble I have is the white girl nude net. But I hate that shade, so…

2 BRIE LARSON

All Season, Brie Larson’s PR people have paid E! to tell us what a fashionista she is, when anyone with eye could see she was uncomfortable and miserable in what they’d forced her into. Seeing her in that, I wonder why they don;’t let her dress like this more often.

3 ROONEY MARA

Rooney Mara, doing her thing.

4 JESSICA BIEL

Jessica Biel was finally allowed to leave the house. She looks thrilled.

5 RACHEL MCADAMS

Rachael McAdams doesn’t look anything like herself here. But I approve.

6 Emilia Clarke

Lord have mercy, who knew the Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke would look best dressed for afternoon tea?

6 KATE MCKINNON

Kate McKinnon, rocking the suit.

7 Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei in Garden Wedding Chic.

8 Jennifer Jason Leigh

Jennifer Jason Leigh, reminding you she’s relevant.

9 Juno Temple

Juno Temple, doing her best to give Cate Blanchett a run for her money.

10 FREIDA PINTO

And Freida Pinto, dressed for day to night.

Honorable Mentions

11 Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon, in a dress and shoes that says she doesn’t care what you think.

12 Bel Powley

Bel Powley in a dress that says the eyes have it.

13 Olivia Cooke

Olivia Cooke is a bit overdressed, but she’s young.

14 Stana Katic

Stana Katic, in a really interesting color.

15 Mya Taylor

And Mya Taylor in the right blend of dressy and casual.

The Men

16 ANTHONY MACKIE

Anthony Mackie in a sneaker ad.

17 IDRIS ELBA

Idris Elba, doing a Samuel L. Jackson homage.

18 Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton wore jeans.

19 Rami Malek

Rami Malek did not wear jeans.

20 KUMAIL NANJIANI

Kumail Nanjiani didn’t get the dress down memo.

The Couples

21 Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette won last year. She’s going to wear her glasses all the time now and so is her man.

22 Zoe Kazan

Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano for high-end hipster red carpet wear.

23 JASON SEGEL

Jason Segel and his wife for tattoo baring.

The Tried Too Hard

24 JESSICA CHASTAIN

Jessica Chastain, you didn’t have to do that. We know who you are already.

25 NIKKI REED

Ok, to be fair, Nikki Reed, we probably wouldn’t have remembered you.

26 Dree Hemingway

And finally, Dree Hemingway, proving that only Cate Blanchett can pull some things off.

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