Actress Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the premiere of Fox Searchlights' "12 Years A Slave" at the Directors Guild on October 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Last night in LA, Steve McQueen premiered his latest project 12 Years A Slave–a film that in its short life span has already managed to generate a ton of awards season buzz as well as a reputation for gutting intensity.

…Luckily, our concern at present is only with the red carpet. Here’s what attendees wore to last night’s premiere.

Premiere Of Fox Searchlights' "12 Years A Slave" - Red Carpet

Like the material and overall shape of Kelsey Scott‘s dress, can’t we help but feel the fit is off.

Premiere Of Fox Searchlights' "12 Years A Slave" - Red Carpet

Riqua Hailes wore a studded (sequined?) jumpsuit.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

A perforated look (and very high hair) on Gloria Govan.

Russell Simmons (L) and rapper Common Russell Simmons and Common, both in preppy/collegiate looks.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

We don’t know about these capes that mimic a jacket wore over the shoulders–are they witty or twee? Laura Govan confuses.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

Not sure we get Ming-Na We‘s look, especially the shoes and dress together.

Premiere Of Fox Searchlights' "12 Years A Slave" - Red Carpet

Children are exempt from red carpet criticism; Storm Reid is way cute, though.

Our pick for best dressed ahead…

Premiere Of Fox Searchlights' "12 Years A Slave" - Red Carpet

Ashley Dyke goes art deco.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

Jacqueline Bisset layered her leather.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

Chiwetel Ejiofor looking sharp.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

Composer Hans Zimmer in purple and brown with daughter Zoe Zimmer and her remarkable cheekbones.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

The man of the hour, Steve McQueen, went a little casual in black and blue.

And, as for best dressed…

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

Lupita Nyong’o looks absolutely spectacular in her pale pink and printed Miu Miu dress.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

It’s such a fresh, striking shape on her (especially the neckline) and the colors are perfect.

No, we’re not crazy about the shoes, but everything from the ankles up is stunning.

Premiere Of "12 Years A Slave" - Arrivals

The beauty, in particular.

(All photos via Getty)