There was no way the Oscars were going to go off with out a political statement (or two). Some stars arrived wearing blue ribbons pinned to their chests.
Wearing the pin signifies support for the American Civil Liberties Union, the non-profit legal organization whose mission is to "defend and preserve the the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country."
Nominee Ruth Negga was one of the stars with a ribbon pinned to her Valentino gown. Negga is nominated for best actress for her role in "Loving," a film about interracial marriage in 1950s Virginia.
— Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi) February 26, 2017
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 26, 2017
Negga wasn't the only one bearing the American Civil Liberties blue ribbon. Lin-Manuel Miranda and his mother walked the red carpet with the ribbons pinned above their right shoulders. Miranda is nominated for best original song for "How Far I'll go" in Disney's "Moana."
— Veronica Miracle (@VeronicaABC30) February 26, 2017
Actress, and 2016 Oscar winner, Brie Larson made a statement hours before the red carpet arrival, sharing a photo of her ACLU ribbon, Planned Parenthood pin and a GLAAD pin surrounding her Oscars pin.
The ACLU had this response for Negga:
"Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins also supported the ACLU, wearing the ribbon on the left side of his suit.
— Udi Ofer (@UdiACLU) February 27, 2017