Those watching red carpet festivities before the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 26) will no doubt notice a number of celebrities wearing blue ribbons. Those ribbons are part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s new “Stand With ACLU” initiative — which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the nonprofit organization has reached out to all of the night’s major nominees to participate in.
The organization’s Twitter account has already pointed out the first pair of stars to participate in the initiative: Lin-Manuel Miranda, a best original song nominee for his Moana composition “How Far I’ll Go,” and Ruth Negga, a best actress competitor for her portrayal of protagonist Mildred Loving in Loving.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) February 26, 2017
The ACLU has already played a major part in this awards season, playing a role in the plot of Loving, and getting shouted out by actress Sarah Paulson upon receiving her award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a miniseries or television movie at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. “Any money you have to spare, please donate to the ACLU,” Paulson pleaded during her speech. “It’s a vital organization that relies entirely on our support.”