Last month, the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards took place on the beach in Santa Monica. Now in its 29th year, the awards are a celebration honouring films made by film-makers who embody independence and originality. I was invited by Piaget, co-host of the star-studded event for the seventh consecutive year.
With several of last year’s most noteworthy films being independent productions, the event drew some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto, Jon Hamm, Lupita Nyong’o and Reese Witherspoon, among others. Therefore a gazillion of photographers were waiting for the celebrities to arrive.
Jared Leto had obviously as much fun on the red (in this case blue) carpet as I did…
…and I admit that I could totally getting used to it.
Throughout the afternoon and following the ceremony, award winners and guests celebrated in Piaget’s exclusive backstage lounge where some of the maison’s newest jewelry, as well as rare vintage creations were on display.
From left to right: Lauriane Gilliéron (Miss Switzerland 2005), Mousse Jacquier (Piaget), Nicole Suess (Piaget) and my humble self had fun in the tent.
Mad Men actor Jon Hamm, Angela Bassett, Philippe Léopold-Metzger, CEO of Piaget, and his wife Catherine.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are like the road to the Academy Awards, held one day before with an outstanding guest list. The spirit winners below also won in the same category at the Oscars 2014.
Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)
The blonde actress wore a dress from Roksanda Ilincic‘s Fall 2014 collection.
Best Supporting Female
Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Thanking her mum for her never-ending support, Lupita Nyong’o holds her award for best supporting actress for “12 Years a Slave“, the movie that won big at the Independent Spirit Awards, taking home five trophies including best feature.
Me with Brad Pitt who also stars in the historical drama film about slavery.
A pic with Brangelina… that is pretty cool, don’t you think?!
The two stars of AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, took home acting prizes, as they did on Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Best Male Lead
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Best Supporting Male
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Keanu Reeves with me
Angela Bassett looked so radiant and sparkled in white gold and diamond Piaget Rose cutout drop earrings.
Piaget’s global ambassador, Gong Li, dazzled photographers and fans in a stunning pair of Piaget Rose Passion torsade earrings and a Rose cocktail ring, both in white gold with diamonds.
Anthony Chen with me
Anna Kendrick wore a matching suite of Piaget Rose jewels, that looked divine in combination with her white dress and clutch by Dior.
On stage: Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon
Jason Bateman with me
Very handsome is Mad Men actor Jon Hamm.
It was an amazing experience and I am truly thankful for Piaget’s invitation! Stay tuned for my outfit post coming up soon!
Photo: Courtesy of Piaget, Michael Kovac/WireImage and © Sandra Bauknecht