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Oscar’s big weekend kicked off nicely for “Black Swan” star Natalie Portman and her director Darren Aronofsky.

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The Best Actress and Best Director Osacar nominees both won Film Independent’s Spirtit Awards on Saturday at Santa Monica Beach where the Awards were held this year. 

The annual awards, which always takes place a day before Oscar’s main event, is sometimes, in some circles, used as a tarot card to predict Sunday’sOscar winners. On Saturday the cards are pointing enthusiastically to Portman who accepted her award in an empire waist Givenchy dress.

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After the break, join us as we gawk at Kerry Washington, Rosario Dawson,  Eva Mendes and Zoe SaldanaSamuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, all of whom who looked gorgeous.

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Natalie Portman in an empire-waisted canary and beige Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci minidress.

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Actress Rosario Dawson arriving at the Independent Spirit Awards. Find out what’s under her coat.

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Dawson is wearing a Burberry dress and Brian Atwood heels at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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The always spectacular Zoe Saldana is fly in Dolce & Gabbana dress with Brian Atwood pumps, Bottega Veneta clutch and Piaget jewelry at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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Femme fatale Eva Mendes wore a printed Chanel chiffon frock and turquoise peep-toe sandals. Catch an eyeful on the next page.

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Eva Mendes in a Chanel chiffon frock and turquoise peep-toe sandals.

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Kerry Washington is wearing a black with floral print dress from Dolce & Gabbana, Sergio Rossi shoes, Roger Vivier clutch, and Le Vian rings.

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Nicole Kidman channelled Jessica Rabbit in this skin tight, red dress.

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Actress Erika Christensen in a belted mini.

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Erika Christensen’s nude pumps look comfortable and sexy.

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Samuel L. Jackson kept it neutral in his signature Kangol hat, white sneakers and grey jacket.

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Actor Anthony Mackie is brawny is grey slacks, a honeysuckle sweater and brogues.

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“Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky protected his neck in a tartan scarf and loose fitting grey suit.

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Oscar host and Best Actor nominee James Franco played it safe in dark suit and tie.

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