The Oscars 2017 didn’t shy away from politics. During the award show—and even on the red carpet beforehand—some of Hollywood’s top talent took advantage of the spotlight and made a political statement. Some actors made a subtle nod, wearing ribbons to support organizations, while others took time in their acceptance speeches to stand for what they believe.

Here, we rounded up eight times things got political during the Academy Awards.

1. When celebs sported ACLU ribbons on the red carpet.

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Several high-profile attendees—including Ruth Negga, Karlie Kloss, and Lin-Manuel Miranda—wore blue ribbons in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU encouraged Hollywood stars to wear a ribbon at the Oscars to show their support for the org. The non-profit works to protect and defend the rights of individuals in the U.S.

2. When Dakota Johnson and Emma Stone wore pins to support Planned Parenthood.

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The two actresses accessorized their outfits with Planned Parenthood pins. Johnson added hers to her gold clutch, while Stone pinned hers to her Givenchy dress. The family planning organization has 650 centers across the nation, which provide affordable reproductive health services—including screenings, preventative services, and abortions—to more than 2.5 million patients. The actresses’ support for the org is timely: Legislators in Congress have recently made defunding Planned Parenthood a priority.

3. When director Ava DuVernay wore a subtly political dress.

The director took to Twitter to explain the subtle political message behind her Oscars dress. “I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country,” DuVernay tweeted.

DuVernay’s dress calls out President Donald Trump’s (currently suspended) immigration and travel ban, which indefinitely banned refugees from Syria from entering the U.S., blocked refugees from any country from entering the U.S. over the next 120 days, and blocked citizens—refugee or otherwise—from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. over the next 90 days. All of these countries have a Muslim majority population, prompting many to call Trump’s executive order a “Muslim ban.” DuVernay’s dress is by designer Mohammed Ashi, a couturier from Saudi Arabia, which is another Muslim majority country.

4. When Jimmy Kimmel talked about how we can really unite people.

The host of the night offered his own suggestion on how we can unite people: Talk to people with differing opinions. “There’s millions and millions of people watching right now, and if every one took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with and have a positive, considerate conversation—not as liberals or conservatives, as Americans—if we would all do that we could make America great again, we really could,” Kimmel said. “It starts with us.”

Then, Kimmel made reference to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy. This year’s Oscars showed an improvement in diversity, and Kimmel sarcastically thanked Trump for giving the award show a better rep. “Maybe this is not a popular thing to say, but I want to say thank you to President Trump,” Kimmel continued. “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone. Thanks to him. It has been an amazing year for movies. Black people saved NASA and white people saved jazz. That’s what you call progress.”

Finally, Kimmel couldn’t resist making a jab at President Trump’s affinity for late-night tweets. After asking Meryl Streep if her dress is an “Ivanka,” (Trump tweeted last month that Streep is “overrated” after Streep called out Trump at the Golden Globes) Kimmel said, “Some of you will get to come up here on this stage tonight and give a speech that the President of the United States will tweet about in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement tomorrow. And I think that’s pretty darn excellent if you ask me.”

Kimmel live-tweeted Trump later in the show.

5. When Alessandro Bertolazzi gave a shout out to all immigrants.

When accepting his award for makeup and hairstyling for Suicide Squad, Alessandro Bertolazzi dedicated his award to his fellow immigrants. “I’m an immigrant, I come from Italy,” Bertolazzi said. “I work around the world. And this is for all the immigrants.” His comments come in the wake of Trump’s immigration and travel ban.

6. When director Asghar Farhadi didn’t attend the Oscars.

Asghar Farhadi won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for his movie The Salesman—but the Iranian director intentionally didn’t show at the Oscars. In his place, Anousheh Ansari—an Iranian-American engineer and the first Iranian to go to space—took the stage to read a statement from Farhadi.

In the statement Farhadi explained, “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and the other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.” Iran is one of the seven countries included in Trump’s immigration and travel ban.

7. When actor Gael García Bernal criticized Trump’s wall.

Before announcing the winner for animated short film, actor Gael García Bernal took aim at President Trump’s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. “Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers,” Bernal said. “We travel all over the world, we build families, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided. As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”

8. When the writers behind Moonlight advocated for more representation in film.

Moonlight won for best adapted screenplay, and screenwriter Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, the author of the play the movie is based on, made powerful speeches on stage. Jenkins used his speech to talk about the need for more representation in films, saying, “All you people out there who feel like there’s no mirror for you, that your life’s not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back, and for the next four years, we will not leave you alone—we will not forget you.”

And McCraney added to that, saying his Oscar is dedicated to “all those black and brown boys and girls and non-gender conforming who don’t see themselves, we’re trying to show you you and us.”

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