Ruth Negga in Delpozo at the Spirit Awards: gorgeous or poorly styled?

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2017

The Independent Spirit Awards were held Saturday afternoon in a tent in Santa Monica, like always. The event turned into an “honoring Moonlight” marathon, which I’m perfectly fine with. You can see the list of Spirit Award winners here. Ruth Negga was up for Best Actress for Loving, but she lost to Isabelle Huppert. Will the same thing happen at the Oscars? Well, I think Negga will lose, absolutely. But she’ll lose to Emma Stone. Anyway, Ruth had fun, I guess, and she wore this Delpozo dress. The bottom half looks like a Gustav Klimt painting and the top part looks like vintage Dior. And yet… something is really off, right? I think it’s how she styled the dress. The makeup isn’t helping at all.

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Ben Foster & Laura Prepon. I keep forgetting that they’re together and expecting a baby. Ben Foster actually picked up the Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for Hell or High Water, and I learned that he even had a tooth shaved down for the role, which… WTF?

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Viggo Mortensen attended… and lost the Best Actor trophy to Casey Affleck. I suspect the same thing will happen at the Oscars, but I’ve prepared myself for it. Incidentally, I just watched Captain Fantastic this weekend and Viggo was genuinely brilliant and great in it. He deserved all of the nominations he got.

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Freida Pinto in Uel Camilo. You guys probably know this already, but I absolutely loathe shades of yellow and orange on the red carpet. Even more specifically, I hate those shades on myself and I have similar coloring to Freida. So… I think she could do better than this goldenrod crocheted nonsense.

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Riley Keough in Louis Vuitton. Meh dress, meh booties.

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Sasha Lane (from American Honey) also wore Louis Vuitton, but she paired it with a Mizizi Black Lives Matter jersey.

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  1. Ramona says:

    Ruth has that 1920s Hollywood combination of delicate sophistication. Its a shame her styling team is too incompetent and/or blind to tap into that.

    I hate Friedas dress but she has the perfect skin tone for yellows and orange. In fact, I inwardly cringe when white people try to carry off these colors.

    • LadyT says:

      I agree with one notable exception…Michelle Williams at the 2006 Oscars in a golden yellow dress. That’s one of my personal favorites of all time. It shouldn’t have worked and yet it was perfection.

      • teacakes says:

        also Kirsten Dunst in yellow at the Melancholia photocall/presscon, Cannes 2011 (the occasion of the infamous reaction face to Lars going ‘I understand Hitler’) and twice again at Cannes last year (in yellow Dior and Margiela at the Neon Demon premiere)

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Yes. I adore Ruth Negga — she was unforgettable in Loving –but damn, girl, don’t let your clothes wear you. Need a new stylist.

  2. Lennox says:

    I love love love the print of Ruth’s skirt but I think the length is wrong for such a teeny person and the huge shoulders are a bit weird. Her fashion choices are always interesting though.
    Viggo’s looking good!

    • LoveIsBlynd says:

      The proportions are so off I can’t look, yet the colors are nearly perfect. I’m conflicted, so that makes her always memorable.

  3. Mannori says:

    I love Ruth. She’s fearless and fresh air to the stale of old, and boring red carpet fashion. But where’s her delicious bf?

    WTF Foster and Prepon? Wasn’t he was engaged to Robin Wright like until last year? And didn’t he and Prepon started dating just like a few months ago? I mean, that bump looks like a 6 month old bump at least? mmm…I don’t want to be mean but it looks like “someone” wanted to move on asap from a heartbreak and got pregnant the first woman available? Typical insecure guy move…..and they happen to be BOTH scientologists? good luck on that but I don’t see them lasting…

    Loved Viggo’s performance in Captain….he’s such an underrated actor. I love that he got the Oscar nom without even trying. (meaning without campaigning his ass off)

    • Ramona says:

      If Ben Foster is now a Scientologist then their relationship will probably run longer than the average Hollywood one. They now have an entire system devoted to manipulating them against each other while at the same time keeping them together as a couple and in the cult.

      • Mannori says:

        well more than the scientologist thing I don’t see them lasting because they’re expecting a child just after a few months? I just google it: they are dating since July 2016 and that baby bump looks like a 6 month bump to me: they got engaged in October: do the math. I mean it looks like an oopsie to me, if oopsies still happen to women like Prepon (which I doubt, but who knows)

        ETA apparently he’s a longtime scientologist and that’s one of the reasons why Robin dumped him? WTF?

        specially when the guy was just fresh of being engaged not once but two times to Robin and just had ended their messy relationship. He moved on way too fast and that’s never a good thing, specially if the result is a pregnancy. Looks like he was rebounding and BINGO! Xenu baby on the way….

      • Redgrl says:

        Oh no – he’s a $cientologist now? Such a shame. But good for Robin Wright for bailing…

    • ichsi says:

      I wonder where Dominic Cooper is too. Please let them still be together!

      Ruth’s dress is great in “dfferent” way but she’s a little too petite for it. That needs more boobage. And Foster and Prepon are completely yikes for me!

      • Mannori says:

        Dominic and Ruth are super low key, that’s what I do know.

        ETA: yikes for me too. I was just googling them and my god, Robin Wright dodged a bullet there!

      • grabbyhands says:

        Ditto @ Mannori-

        I read recently that they decided to not walk red carpets together. It’s too bad because they are a gorgeous couple.

      • original kay says:

        They were magnificent in Preacher. Cannot wait for season 2!

      • ichsi says:

        @grabbyhands and @Mannori that is good to hear! And actually refreshing not to see them milk their relationship for attention. I can’t wait for Preacher Season 2 either.

  4. Fiorella says:

    I like her dress and the colours are perfect on her. Maybe the problem is her hair cut isn’t flattering , bob or long hair may be better on her

  5. Singtress says:

    The dress is wearing her.
    She needs less to show off her elegance

    • mee says:

      Agree. The dress is too big and overwhelming. she’s gorgeous and usually has an interesting style on the red carpet but even she can’t make this work

  6. Elisa the I. says:

    IMO Freida Pinto looks fab in that dress. Don’t like her make-up and hair, though.

    • Chaine says:

      I think she is gorgeous in it too. Even though it shows a crazy amount of skin, she has such a sweet innocent face that she makes it seem demure.

  7. Laura says:

    Freida, girl, you are so beautiful, but that dress is not. Probably the fact that I’m SO OVER the whole “see through dress” trend doesn’t help. I’ll even take a mullet dress over the see through dress at this point. Ugggg.

    • teacakes says:

      same, what the hell do people have against dresses that are lined all the way through and/or not designed to make the wearer look only strategically covered?

  8. LAK says:

    The 80s called. They want their dress back.

  9. Shambles says:

    Ruth Negga is gorgeous, but that hair style does her no favors.

    Laura Prepon look a good pregnant.

    Frieda Pinto is a goddess, and that color actually looks lovely on her imo, but the structure of that dress is terrible. Had she worn the same color as a simple gown, however, I would be crying from the sheer beauty.

  10. Tig says:

    Read somewhere else that the top section Negga’s dress is actually a bow(?) instead of very weird sleeves. Either way, too much fabric for her. The fabric on the skirt could have made a killer dress tho.
    Frida could wear a bag and look amazing. However, the bottom half of the dress looks like the designer went-” out of ideas, add some net and call it a day”.

  11. Lama Bean says:

    Riley Keough is giving me Alicia Silverstone in Clueless vibes.

  12. Bridget says:

    Ben Foster is ridiculous. Don’t forget how he decided he also had to take steroids for the Lance Armstrong movie. Of course he shaved down a tooth.

  13. grabbyhands says:

    Ruth Negga is stupid gorgeous, but that gown overwhelms her.

    For Frieda Pinto, I think the color is beautiful on her, it’s just the cut of the dress that is all wrong, I think if you make it a mini (and maybe chop off the long sleeves-I can’t decide), it would look better for her frame.

  14. kri says:

    The proportions on Ruth’s gown are ridiculous. Again, if I had the honor to dress a woman I would make damn sure she looked her best. Maybe this dress looks better in person or something. The fabric of the skirt is lovely-but here’s hoping Ruth wears something tonight the she deserves.

  15. Sumodo1 says:

    A big YES to Riley Keough! Go-go boots are back and that white A-line dress with big pockets RULES! It’s 1966 again. (Big ups to Riley, her siblings, and her grandmother).

  16. Anna says:

    I think Ruth’s entire look is supposed to read as “vintage” but to me it just makes her look old. Like I can’t believe she is only 35.
    The hair, the dress – it’s not just dated, it dates her. If you look at just her face, it’s obvious she is a young and beautiful woman. But from far away, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn she was 2 decades older.

    • What says:

      Woah, I assumed she was mid fifties or close to 60. She’s beautiful but does look older.

    • teacakes says:

      I don’t think the dress is even the problem here, it’s her makeup that washes her out and aged her. This could have worked fine with a more neutral eye and a red lip, it would have livened up her face instead of making her look exhausted.

  17. nemera34 says:

    She has such an interesting face. She makes me think of the 30’s and 40’s when I look her. She was wonderful in Loving. I actually like her dress for this event

  18. teacakes says:

    Kaiser I love you but you have the weirdest style peeves that I literally cannot understand – first fringe (‘bangs’, in American) and now yellow?

    That’s actually one of the best colours for people with a darker skin tone, my favourite sari ever is a canary-yellow silk one and I get a stupid number of compliments every time I wear it. Yellow works a charm as long as you pick the right shade and wear a strong red lip with it – the contrast is the best.

    (Freida’s dress is absolutely terrible though, and it being a cheap-looking ‘nude’ dress is even worse)

  19. Ana says:

    Ruth’s dress doesn’t bother me as much as her hair and makeup. She’s so beautiful, but I don’t think she knows what she’s doing in that regard.

  20. Bread and Circuses says:

    “Riley Keough in Louis Vuitton. Meh dress, meh booties.”


    I forgive her everything; I too would choose the dress with pockets over something prettier. (Also, she looks good; she just isn’t making a statement.)