And the first political statement of the 2017 Academy Awards is here: Nominee Ruth Negga, along with some other high-profile attendees, stepped out on the Oscars red carpet sporting a bright blue ACLU ribbon pinned to her Oscars look.

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 said.

Her gown may have had a “quietness” to it, but Negga’s accessories made a loud statement—specifically the blue ACLU ribbon she wore pinned to the front of her Valentino gown. The statement ribbon is part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s new “Stand With ACLU” initiative, launched earlier this week. According to THR, “the campaign encourages Hollywood stars to wear a Stand with ACLU blue ribbon as a symbol of solidarity with the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, which has worked for nearly 100 years to defend and protect individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and law of the U.S.”

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 countries.)

Worth noting: The ACLU 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 up their 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 already been spotted with the blue ACLU ribbons on the red carpet. Additionally, Casey Affleck sported the ribbon at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, and 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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