The Big Oscars Political Statement You Probably Missed

Ruth Negga
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What with Nicole Kidman’s hands, Chrissy Teigen’s napping, Ryan Gosling’s face and that finale, you might well have glossed over one of the biggest political statements of the evening.

Several actresses and models, including Ruth Negga and Karlie Kloss, were spotted wearing blue ribbons on the red carpet. But what did they mean?

The ribbons were to show solidarity with the American Civil Liberties Union and its new initiative ‘Stand With ACLU’.

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The ACLU states that the initiative is to highlight “the rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution to everyone in the United States,” particularly in the Trump era, where many of these rights are being challenged.

Speaking to People, Negga said the non-profit organisation showed a “basic love of human rights” and was a “big part of” film Loving, for which she was nominated for the Best Actress award.

In Loving, she plays Mildred Loving, one half of an interracial couple who fought for their right to be married, despite state opposition.

“Our film features two American Civil Liberties Union lawyers who change the constitution of the United Stares for the better and I’m all for that,” she said.

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“We have been incredibly heartened by the outpouring of support for the ACLU from the entertainment community at large as we band together to protect and defend the rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution for everyone in this country,” Michele Moore, ACLU chief communications officer, told the Hollywood Reporter.