That beach is in Santa Monica, California, across town from Hollywood and Highland, where the Oscars will take place on Sunday.
But this sandy venue was a world away from that more gussied up affair as the fashionistas showed up in much more casual attire than these celebrities will don come tomorrow's big day in Tinseltown.
In fact, Anna Kendrick and her cronies were all set for a fun day in the sun as the Twilight actress and her contemporaries--including Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Banks, and Kate Beckinsale--take part in the festivities for the 2012 Independent Film Awards hosted by Seth Rogan, a newcomer to this sort of presenting duty.
Meanwhile, a whole parade of fashionistas made their way down the red carpet (which was, by the way, purple), showing off their Saturday best.
Shailene Woodley represented well as The Descendants star wore ankle baring pants and a floral top. Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana was more flirty in a Balmain floral.
Elizabeth Olsen rocked a whole lot of designer style. The Martha Marcy May Marlene actress was present in a Antonio Berardi dress, a Cesare Paciotti pair of heels, a Edie Parker white clutch purse, some dazzling Joan Hornig earrings, and many Melissa Maria rings on her fingers.
As for Kate Beckinsale? This A-lister showed up in a fuchsia jumpsuit, ready to celebrate by the Pacific on a day when citizens from more wintery climes would be envious.
Although a bit cooler than is typical in Los Angeles thanks to a slight breeze off the ocean, all who attended the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards were not in the least bit freezing, as proven by the fact that no heavy sweaters or down coats were in evidence.
What was in evidence was a whole lot of fanciful fashion, as shown best by Kate Beckinsale, Zoe Saldana, and, yes, Anna Kendrick on deck for this annual celebration of independent films.
Check here for the winners and losers of the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards named on Saturday when everyone attending was in high spirits done in several different measures.
Image: Wikipedia, David Shankbone