The first political statement of Oscars 2017 is here: nominee Ruth Negga, along with some other high-profile attendees, stepped out on the red carpet sporting a blue ACLU ribbon pinned to her dress.
Negga, who is nominated for Best Actress for her work in Loving, hit the red carpet in a show-stopping custom red Valentino gown featuring delicate lace details and elegant long sleeves. Her stylist, Karla Welch, told The Hollywood Reporter prior to the awards ceremony that they were going for a “pagan goddess” look. “There’s a quietness to the look, but it’s major,” Welch added.
Her gown may have had a “quietness” to it, but Negga’s accessories made a loud statement—specifically the ribbon. It’s part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s new “Stand With ACLU” initiative, launched earlier this week. According to THR, the campaign asks stars to wear a Stand with ACLU blue ribbon as a symbol of solidarity with the ACLU and its efforts in fighting for individual rights.
Support for the ACLU has increased in recent weeks in the wake of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. (The organization raised more than $24 million the weekend following Trump’s now-blocked executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.) Additionally, the organization played a key role in Loving: The film, which is based on a true events, tells the story of an interracial couple who were arrested and kicked out of Virginia in 1958. The ACLU took the case, which eventually went to the Supreme Court and resulted in the end of miscegenation laws in the United States.
Other actors, including Lin Manuel Miranda and Karlie Kloss, have been spotted with the blue ACLU ribbons on the red carpet, too. Additionally, Sarah Paulson used her acceptance speech at this year’s SAG Awards to encourage donations to the organization. “Any money you have to spare, please donate to the ACLU,” Paulson said on stage. “It’s a vital organization that relies entirely on our support.”
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