Oscars 2017: Why the blue ribbons?
Hollywood’s stars are coming out in support of the American Civil Liberties Union tonight at the Oscars.
Ruth Negga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, and Karlie Kloss are among the stars who are sporting blue ribbons at Sunday’s award ceremony to express their solidarity with the ACLU. The ribbon is part of the non-profit’s Stand With ACLU campaign, which is encouraging Hollywood’s actors to openly state their support for the ACLU.
In the video above, Negga said her “basic love of human rights, civil liberties, civil rights” motivated her to wear the ribbon on Sunday. “[The ACLU is] a big part of our film. Our film features two American Civil Liberties Union lawyers who change the Constitution of the United States of America for the better, and I’m all for that,” she said.
While Negga showed off her ribbon when she walked the red carpet Sunday, Miranda revealed his blue accessory during a Periscope he launched on the way to the ceremony. The ACLU thanked Miranda for his support on Twitter.
“Thanks @Lin_Manuel, glad you gladly join the fight. And when our children tell our story, they’ll tell the story of tonight,” tweeted the ACLU Sunday evening.
Manchester by the Sea‘s Casey Affleck also wore a blue ribbon to the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday night. During his acceptance speech for the best actor award, he called President Donald Trump’s administration as “abhorrent” and “un-American.”
“I just want to say the polices of this administration are abhorrent and they will not last … and they’re really un-American,” said Affleck when he took the stage.
Celebrities haven’t been shy about sharing their support for the ACLU since the new administration took office. Sia and Jack Antanoff responded to the immigration ban by promising to match fans’ donations to ACLU, and Sarah Paulson used her acceptance speech at the SAG Awards to ask everyone to the ACLU.
“Any money you have to spare, please donate to the ACLU,” said the actress when she took the stage to accept her award. “It’s a vital organization that relies entirely on our support.”