×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Stars Show Support for ACLU, Remember Trayvon Martin Ahead of Oscars

Many have predicted that the 2017 Oscars would be one of the most politically charged ceremonies in Academy Awards history, and the commentary kicked off before a single speech has been made.

As the first few stars stepped out onto the red carpet, it became immediately obvious that several had chosen to adorn their flowing dresses and smart tuxedos with a large blue ACLU ribbon.

Turns out the colorful accessory is part of the “Stand With ACLU” campaign, an initiative which, according to the organization, gives artists a chance “to express their support for the rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution to everyone in the United States.”

Best supporting actress nominee Ruth Negga, who was one the first to appear on the carpet, drew attention to the aforementioned ribbon which she wore over her red Maison Valentino dress.

Next up to sport the ribbon on the red carpet were Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also set to perform his best original song-nominated piece “How Far I’ll Go,” and his date for the evening, his mother Luz Towns-Miranda. The mother and son duo were joined in their support by American model Karlie Kloss who wore the ribbon on her hip over her white Stella McCartney dress, complete with shoulder cape. Busy Phillips also sported a blue ribbon over her deep emerald, velvet dress.

Best actor contender Casey Affleck wore the same ribbon at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, as well as a shirt with the word “love” written on it in Arabic.

In a statement, the ACLU called the ribbons “a symbol of solidarity.”

“(The ribbon) acknowledges the commitment of those on the front lines – in the courts, legislatures and in the streets – who are working to ensure that our precious freedoms and values are preserved,” the statement read.

Ava DuVernay, director of best documentary nominee “13th,” chose to make a political statement through clothing before she even left for the carpet. The “Selma” director tweeted a photo of herself with her eyes closed, holding a sweater with the name “Trayvon” emblazoned on it in reference to 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead by a police officer in Florida in 2012. Sunday marks the five-year anniversary of his death.

“On my way to #Oscars. Taking a moment to remember #TrayvonMartin. Our Hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong. #OurSonTrayvon,” DuVernay tweeted.

DuVernay also made a political statement with her red carpet gown, choosing to wear a dress from Ashi Studio, a Lebanon-based fashion house.

“A small sign of solidarity. I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country. Thanks to Ashi Studio of Lebanon. #Oscars,” she tweeted.

Earlier in the day, “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington and “Blackish” star Tracee Ellis Ross also took to twitter to express their solidarity in remembrance of Trayvon Martin’s death.

“5 years later our hoodies are still up because the movement is still strong! #OurSonTrayvon,” Washington tweeted, while Ross released a similar message saying, “5 yrs ago 2day #TrayvonMartin was killed. 5 yrs later our hoodies r still up bc the movement is still strong #OurSonTrayvon.”

Legendary actor Jackie Chan got in on the political act by bringing along two miniature stuffed pandas as his red carpet dates. The adorable cuddly toys were dressed in yellow jackets and silver boots with UNICEF name-tags, but the designer of their colorful outfits remains a mystery.

More Film

  • J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church

    SXSW Film Review: 'J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius'

    Like 8mm films of 1960s “happenings” or videos of 1970s performance art, “J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius” chronicles a cultural footnote that perhaps should be filed under the heading You Had to Be There. The satirical-absurdist “religion” founded by some Texans actually caught fire among hipsters in the 1980s, influencing some [...]

  • 'Roll Red Roll' Review: Piercing Documentary

    Film Review: 'Roll Red Roll'

    “Roll Red Roll” is a piercingly relevant and disturbing documentary about an infamous high school rape case that took place in Steubenville, Ohio (pop. 18,600), on Aug. 11, 2012. Steubenville, the sort of Friday-night-lights small town that boasts signs that read “Kick off for Jesus,” is a place that’s good at keeping secrets. When the [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Writers Guild, Hollywood Agents Negotiate With Deadline Looming

    The Writers Guild of America and Hollywood agents have held a sixth negotiating session with a deadline for a new deal 16 days away — and it’s uncertain whether progress is being made. The Association of Talent Agents made counter-proposals at Thursday’s session that contain provisions for more accountability and transparency by agencies for clients [...]

  • Fox Layoffs

    Fox Layoffs Leave Staffers Stunned and Saddened

    Fox employees knew this day was coming. For over a year, the men and women who work at the Century City lot have talked of little else but severance packages and job searches. They knew that when Disney wrapped up its $71.3 billion acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, thousands [...]

  • Alan Horn Disney

    Disney Clarifies Film Leadership After Harrowing Day of Fox Layoffs

    Following the dismissal of top executives in distribution, marketing and strategy on Thursday, new 20th Century Fox owner Disney has clarified its new top leadership. Five distinct Fox labels and a portion of their leadership have been welcomed into the Disney fold, the company said. This includes Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Family, Fox Searchlight Pictures, [...]

  • Janelle Monae

    Film News Roundup: Janelle Monae to Star in Film From Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

    In today’s film news roundup, Janelle Monae will star in a Lionsgate movie, Bill Nighy joins “Emma,” and documentaries on surfer Bethany Hamilton and Asbury Park are dated. CASTINGS Janelle Monae will star in an untitled Lionsgate movie directed by the duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The film will be produced by QC Entertainment’s Ray [...]

  • Blair Rich Marketing Summit

    Studio Marketing Chiefs Discuss the Theatrical vs. Netflix Oscars Debate

    On a day where a large part of the Fox marketing department was wiped out in the aftermath of the Disney merger, a group of marketing chiefs from other studios and streamers sat down at the Variety Entertainment Marketing Summit presented by Deloitte “to discuss the issues shaping the feature marketing landscape today, including the theatrical [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content