Just one day before the 86th annual Academy Awards, celebrities headed to the beach to honor those recognized for independent filmmaking at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. For the laid-back event, stars ditched their formal attire in favor of less fancy designs. Cate Blanchett went for a funky Roksanda Ilincic dress, Lupita Nyong'o showed up in an unusual choice for her -- a textured jumpsuit by Stella McCartney, Shailene Woodley chose a trademark midriff baring top by Lyn Devon, and Paula Patton brightened things up in a Lorena Sarbu mini dress. For an up close look at what everyone wore, take a look through our gallery.
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1. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon in Giambattista Valli with a Dior clutch and Christian Louboutin shoes.
2. Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o in Stella McCartney, Casadei heels, a Devi Kroell clutch, and Neil Lane jewelry.
3. Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett in Roksanda Ilincic and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.
4. Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick in Dior with Jimmy Choo shoes and Piaget jewelry
5. Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley in Lyn Devon with Casadei heels.
6. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell in Reem Acra and Christian Louboutin shoes.
7. Paula Patton
Paula Patton in Lorena Sarbu with Christian Louboutin shoes, and Anito Ko jewelry.
8. Camila Alves
Camila Alves in Juan Carlos Obando and nude pumps.
9. Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter in a yellow and black leopard print dress and gold shoes.
10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a dark pin-stripe suit with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.
11. Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey in a Dolce & Gabbana suit, Tod's shoes, and Piaget watch
12. Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza in Preen.
13. Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer in a black-and-white dress with an intricate lace overlay.
14. Jared Leto
Jared Leto in a leather moto jacket, black pants, and a plaid shirt tied at his waist.