Taraji P. Henson in Giambattista Valli at the Spirit Awards: pretty or mullet fug?

When Taraji P. Henson first got up to present at the Independent Spirit Awards yesterday I thought “wow that dress is pretty and unconventional.” It looked like a loose feminine cream-colored gown with a mix of lace, rhinestones and ruffles. It had great potential until she got on stage and I saw the mullet part. Look carefully at the bottom of that gown. It’s half ruffles and half lace, mirroring and repeating the pattern on the bodice and then cascading in the back into an asymmetric ruffle mullet. The concept is two dresses in one, I would guess, but the execution is puzzling. Either one of those dresses would be a perfectly acceptable choice but a snooze on its own, like the short floral number or the long ruffle floral gown, presumably still with that mullet. Together they’re just bizarre but kudos to Giambattista Valli for making me think, even if the final result is off.


Taraji presented Best Supporting Male, which went to Ben Foster for Hell or High Water. They announced a cool fact right before winners went up on stage, and Foster’s fact was that he shaved his tooth down to play this role (Kaiser already mentioned that, but it surprised me too.) I saw Hell or High Water, it was decent but not my favorite, and I don’t even remember that his teeth looked weird.


Here’s Aubrey Plaza in Versace. She was also a presenter and she has such a flat affect. That’s probably just her natural personality and maybe she’s depressed, but it seemed like she wanted to be anywhere else, which could have been the case. This is a decent choice for this event.



Rosanna Arquette was there, she was in Lovesong, starring Jena Malone and Riley Keough, which was up for the John Cassavetes Award. (That went to Spa Night.) I’m including her because she looks badass to me in this outfit with sequin pants, a leather jacket and a black top with a diagonal bottom. Rosanna threw everything on at once and she needs to edit out some of those accessories, like the studded belt and boots, but her attitude makes it work.



Kate Beckinsale always overdoes it and last night was no exception. She was in a Pamella Rolland gown with ostrich feathers and sequins and it was like she was trying to be some kind of exotic bird. She presented Best Male Lead with David Oyelowo and it just seemed awkward. Also, she looks so frozen I have to say it. Unfortunately that category went to Casey Affleck, although he did speak out against the administration, which no one else did last night.



Photos credit: WENN and Fame

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  1. Ramona says:

    Aubrey isnt depressed, this is just who she naturally is. Her character in Parks was based off her real self (same with Aziz and Nic). I’m not mad at any of these looks except for Rosanna but then I’m old enough to remember that this is typical of her.

    • Bridget says:

      Yes, that’s her entire delivery! She’s very, very deadpan. It’s like suggesting that Sarah Silverman must need to see a gastroenterologist because of all of her poop jokes.

    • Wowza says:

      Luckiest gal in Hollywood– not much of a spark or depth, but some people think her Daria affectation is cute so she gets to just keep doing her thing and raking in the dough. I’d love it if she proved me wrong one day and participated in/wrote something that revealed hidden depths, but Im not holding my breath

  2. lightpurple says:

    Taraji’s dress would have been pretty if they didn’t switch the patterns on the bottom.

    • detritus says:

      I’m imagining if they carried the looser ruffle print around the bottom farther, so instead of half mini, half mullet, it would be full length ruffles with a slit to see the second fabric at the top. Dunno, its interesting, but it does quite work as is.

  3. Fiorella says:

    Kate is the only one looking cute here, bad makeup on Aubrey and aging dress on taraji- mullet is cute but prints are grandma

    • Shambles says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who was struck by how terrible Aubrey’s makeup is. She needs mascara, for the love of glob.

  4. Mannori says:

    Taraji my dear: NO. I love a fun and risky red carpet and I know the Spirits are super casual but FFS that looks like a cheap melt and messy

    I love that over the years NOBODY quite understands the Spirits casual dress code and it ends up being a mess of styles and mismatching: some look like they are attending a summer wedding, some others like they’re going to buy groceries..

  5. Deanna says:

    Love Aubrey’s new (maybe?) hair colour.

  6. Laura says:

    Love Rosanna’s outfit, but I wish she went with different shoes. I’m not sure what, maybe cute flats, but those ankle boots just seemed too thick. :-/

    • LoveIsBlynd says:

      Wow. She looks ill- seriously, that’s how I’m going to feel tomorrow after consuming all this chocolate…

  7. Elisa the I. says:

    I like Aubrey Plaza best, I love the dress and her hair and make-up look fine. Also, she looks like she has no f*cks to give which makes me automatically like her.

  8. Lindy says:

    I love Kate Beckinsale, but sigh… Yeah. That’s a ridiculously ugly dress.

    • Blackcat says:

      Kate looks like she was cleaning house, the doorbell rang, and she stuck her feather duster in her pants on the way to the door.

  9. Louise177 says:

    I would have liked Taraji’s dress more if it was a short dress or short. Mullets are so hit or miss. Late would have looked fine without the feathers. I think part of the reason she’s always overdressed is to be noticed.

  10. Az says:

    Kate always gets it right… . Are you a stylist or have a fashion background?

  11. kri says:

    All bad. Except Taraji’s hair-I’m taking that for my summer cut.

  12. Trixie says:

    Aubrey Plaza is always so affected. It’s like she can’t not be April Ludgate.

  13. Cranberry says:

    I don’t have a problem with Kate’s dress, but it makes her feet look ginormous in that photo. The skirt needs to be higher or else it makes her look like she’s a Flinstones.