Danai Gurira in Rodarte at the Spirit Awards: too busy or cool?

Yesterday’s Spirit Awards were a celebration of diverse movies finally getting their due. Get Out won so many awards (complete winners list is here) and some of the stars of Black Panther, which is dominating the box office for its third weekend, came out to present. Danai Gurira was there to present Best Actor along with Joseph Gordon Levitt, which went to Timothy Chalamet. She was in this kind of huge flowing black Rodarte which looked like a cute Sunday dress that someone added layers of light fabric to in the same pattern. It’s got a little capelet and bell sleeves. The bottom is actually split into pants with scalloped lace at the hem. It’s busy, but it was striking on screen and I see what she was going for. It almost veers into Mrs. Roper territory in photos but I don’t hate it.


Amanda Seyfried is always lovely, but she looks like she’s lost her style mojo in this lace McQueen with teardrop cutouts along the top and sides and a very pronounced asymmetric hem. I think it’s her hair and makeup, along with the fact that it looks like she’s wearing a doily. Maybe the dress would be ok with just the top in that fabric and a simpler skirt, but I doubt it.



Here’s Kerry Washington in Missoni. Bustier tops are making a comeback because 90s fashion is in, which I love, but there’s too much going on with this look, especially with her styling. The skirt is really cool though even with the layers. It looks like a Monet painting.



Chadwick Boseman presented Best Feature to Get Out. He’s 40, just a few years younger than me, so I don’t feel like a creep for finding him hot. Danai is the same age as he is! They both look so much younger. He was in a perfectly tailored black and blue polka dot Burberry suit. Look at him in that suit.




photos credit: WENN

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  1. Alix says:

    The print on Danai’s dress is so big/busy, you totally lose the peekaboo cut-out in front. Why leave it in, then?

    Amanda’s dress is a hot crocheted mess.

    Chadwick is 40??? I had him pegged around 30, wow!

    • Mia4s says:

      He’s 41 actually. Crazy, I know.

      Danai is wearing about 16 dresses. Just..no.

      Amanda’s is actually close to being great for this event but there are two cut outs too many.

    • TwoPac says:

      I like the peek a boo within the prairie, but would have rouched the sleeves? Whilst I appreciate this new wave of avant guarde meets afro/punk, personally I need to FEEL the functionality. So Please keep up the experimental w/just enough pragmatic

      • Hazel says:

        I bet Danai’s dress (culottes?) felt good to wear; that fabric looks like it just flows.
        And that doesn’t look like a cutout to me. It looks like the neckline of the dress/culottes may be a halter or spaghetti strap, then that little capelet thing covers her shoulders down to just below her collarbone, with the bustline of the dress exposed.

    • bella says:

      Dania dress has way too much going on, and I dislike the shoes–intensely! Also, Amanda’s dress is terrible too. I like Kerry’s dress, but the styling is AWFUL! It makes her look ugly, and that is so far from the truth.

  2. nemera says:

    Danai looks cool; because she is cool and can’t be anything else. I don’t like the breast cutout in the dress. It didn’t need that element.

    Kerry Washington’s dress is UGH to me. Or maybe it is those shoes.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, I like everything about Danai’s except the cutout. I don’t mind Kerry’s dress but her hairstyle is very unflattering. And Amanda gives me a Kate Hudson vibe.

      Chadwick is perfection.

    • Carmen says:

      I’ve always said whoever dresses Olivia Pope should dress KW. She ALWAYS looks a fright on the red carpet. Either it’s the wrong dress or the wrong shoes or the wrong hair. In this case it’s all three.

      • bella says:

        I agree. The stylist of Scandal should dress Kerry, because whoever her stylist is, in real life should be fired!

    • Hazel says:

      Kerry’s shoes!!! I was really enjoying her look but then got to those shoes!!

  3. Ms. Lib says:

    Not a big fan of the Mrs. Roper outfit! Way too much going on, even the shoes!

    • Olenna says:

      LOL! I totally forgot about that show. What a cast of crazy!

    • minx says:

      Danai’s dress has too much fabric for that bold pattern. It would look stunning it it were pared down a little.

  4. minx says:

    Love Kerry Washington’s dress, but her hair and shoes are hideous.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    I love me some Danai, but that gown. No.

    Maybe it’s that I saw Black Panther again yesterday, but I love that Chadwick and Daniel Kaluuya exchanged the Wakanda salute when Jordan Peele and the cast of Get Out went up to accept the award for Best Picture. And that he is still posing with the salute too.

  6. Sullivan says:

    Bozeman looks so damn good as usual. The others do not.

  7. deets says:

    I can’t decide if I love or hate Danai’s shoes.
    Bozeman looks dashing and Seyfried, yikes. I don’t like th under/over look on the bodice and I hate the asymmetrical hem.

  8. Chaine says:

    Danai’s dress is too voluminous and the print too busy. She is overpowered by it. Amanda’s dress is also quite dreadful, it does look like a paper doily. Love Kerry’s dress but her hairstyle is incredibly unflattering.

  9. magnoliarose says:

    Danai’s dress has a nice print, but it should have been on another dress with less volume and elements. Amanda’s is cheap looking, and Kerry’s dress might have been adorable if not for her ghastly shoes and styling.

  10. Other Renee says:

    I love Chadwick’s look. Danai’s dress looks like a huge tent. Ridiculous. Amanda is wearing a doily and the color washes her out. Kerry’s dress is too busy. I don’t think she looks good in busy.

  11. Lucy says:

    Long live the King!! He looks fantastic and I still can’t believe he’s 40. I was sure he was 28-29.

    • KayBee says:

      If you had said, this guy is either 23 or 40, guess which one? I would have said 23 without thinking twice.

  12. MellyMel says:

    Regarding Danai & Chadwick, hell even Kerry…black don’t crack plain and simple.

  13. Ackee says:

    I want to fire their stylists. And, whoever made them all wear those janky shoes. I love Danai, but her dress was had busy sleeves. The clunky shoes overwhelmed the look. Big sleeves work with a narrow bodice. I had a dress similar to hers. I ripped off the sleeves and wear it with a tight-fitting jacket or cardigan in a muted colour. Much less busy. Kerry’s hair was the main event but looked too wiggy. The dress is six inches too short. That hairstyle should have been all knots sad a figure-hugging dress with open-toed shoes. As a rule, Kerry, if you need to cover up your whole foot in a shoe, cover your shoulders, too. Chadwick’s zipper boots were clunky looking. Zip front boots do not look good on anyone. They should never been worn.