By Bee Shapiro
Updated Feb 21, 2015 @ 8:22 pm
Jessica Chastain, spirit awards
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It used to be the Film Independent Spirit Awards was just an appetizer for the Academy Awards--- not anymore. The stars came out dressed to impress, but that's not to say the bohemian vibe has evaporated. In fact, celebrities like Jessica Chastain, who is nominated for Best Supporting Female for her work in A Most Violent Year, seem to let loose. "I feel very '60s! We're at the beach--- let's get the legs out!" she told InStyle on the awards show's red carpet tonight. In a chic black Saint Laurent minidress with lace sleeves and plenty of Piaget bracelets, Chastain was indeed airing her gams. (And toned stems at that!)

She wasn't the only actress with a chic LBD in mind. Emma Stone chose one with bared sides by Monique Lhuillier. Scarlett Johansson donned a plunging Bec & Bridge dress (did this woman have a baby just months ago?!). Kerry Washington, meanwhile, opted for a slightly longer hemline but stuck with the noir theme in a sleeved Balenciaga with a halter neckline.

Emma Stone, Monique Lhuillier
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Emma Stone in Monique Lhuillier

Scarlett Johansson
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Scarlett Johansson in Bec & Bridge

Kerry Washington, Balenciaga
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Kerry Washington in Balenciaga

An unconventional array of prints and embellishment also made an impression on the red carpet with ladies like Julianne Moore, Emmy Rossum, Olivia Munn and Cate Blanchett flaunting whimsical dresses.

Julianne Moore, Dior
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Julianne Moore in Dior

Cate Blanchett, Schiaparelli
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Cate Blanchett in Schiaparelli Couture

olivia munn, prabal gurung
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Olivia Munn in Prabal Gurung

emmy rossum, oscar de la renta
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Emmy Rossum in Oscar de la Renta

Of course, this weekend being the climax of awards season, chatter still revolved around the nominated films. To that, Chastain, who has plenty of blockbuster-type fare under her belt, confessed she's really a true indie at heart. Chastain said: "Independent film is where my heart lies."

Reporting by Scott Huver.