Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Saturday night at the Governors Awards — an honorary Oscars ceremony hosted by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the gowns and tuxes were a little understated and very elegant, befitting at event with living legends in attendance.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Classic tuxedos without any gimmicks: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew McConaughey.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

More (mostly) serious business: Harrison Ford, Ben Stiller, Bill Hader and Judd Apatow.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Jared Leto's boots seem inappropriate. But Michael B. Jordan is doing everything right.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Matchy-matchy duos: Shimmery Julie Chen (with husband/CBS CEO Les Moonves); Colin Farrell (with sister Claudine Ferrell).

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

More swellegant couples: Alfre Woodard and husband Roderick Spencer are low-key. Faaaaaabulous dress on Mellody Hobson (of Ariel Mutual Funds and Dreamworks Animation), and her husband George Lucas is spiffy. Rhea Durham and Mark Wahlberg look picture perfect.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Stunning in ivory: Naomie Harris (yes, she is touching your boyfriend Idris Elba. Sorry.)

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Long, dramatic gowns and no jewelry for Blue Is The Warmest Color stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. (Seydoux's dress is by Prada.)

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Loving the simple lines and deep eggplant color of the gown on Amy Adams (with fiancé Darren Le Gallo.)

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Vibrant red is fantastic on both Octavia Spencer and Raquel Welch. (Keep in mind that since Octavia Spencer and Angela Lansbury were both in attendance, there might have been a Murder, She Wrote showcase showdown we don't know about. Also! Raquel is wearing one of her famous wigs. Is it the Goddess or the Knockout?)

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Lots of black on this red carpet. Angela Lansbury and Emma Thompson rock inky gowns. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the AMPAS, shows off her shoulders.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

More quiet black get-ups: Angela Lansbury wonders what you want from her. Living legend Gena Rowlands glimmers with touches of gold. Jacqueline Bisset opts for comfortable chic.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Lupita Nyong'o shines in a tuxedo with a twist by Prabal Gurung. And: PURPLE LIPSTICK. In theory purple lipstick is a no but dammit she is pulling it off. It looks phenomenal. Purple. Lipstick.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Floor-length, sleeveless black is great on Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Love love love the swingy little Dolce & Gabbana frock on Jennifer Garner. Youthful, but still refined.

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Purple Lipstick and Glorious Gowns at the Governors Awards

Last, but not least: Another look at Saint Angelina, simply spectacular in Atelier Versace. Gorgeous.

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