Awards season has always been high-time for the public to see celebrities in their best dresses as they strut their style on red carpet events. However, this year at the Academy Awards, dresses, hair, makeup, and jewelry are less in focus than an accessory many seemed to share: blue ribbons.
From Lin-Manuel Miranda to Karlie Kloss, Hollywood's best and brightest were sporting these ribbons as a sign of solidarity with the America's Civil Liberties Union, a non-profit organization that is "devoted to protecting the rights of everyone in America."
The same organization, according to the Huffington Post, was a driving force as a form of resistance to many of President Donald Trump's policies and obvious conflicts of interest since he took office earlier in the year.
The Hollywood Reporter also noted that the ACLU reached out to big players at the Awards show, including Best Actress nominee Ruth Negga. The actress said that the organization played an important role in their film. "Loving," the film in which she starred chronicled the love story of an interracial couple who fought for their right to marriage. The film also featured two American Civil Liberties Union Lawyers who changed the US Constitution, an event that Negga said she was "all for."
Songwriter and "Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who performed at the show also sported the blue ribbon, as did his date - his mother, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda. It also appeared as a pop of color on Karlie Kloss's floor-length gown.
Stars have been showing increased support for the organization, especially during recent months. At the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, People Magazine noted that actress Sarah Paulson urged the public to donate for the organization. "Any money you have to spare, please donate to the ACLU," Paulson shared. "It's a vital organization that relies entirely on your support."