Oscars 2017: Why Stars Wore Blue Ribbons On The Red Carpet

I am so proud of how Queen Regnant has evolved. As much as the red carpet is so glamorous, the world is plagued with serious issues that require a platform, such as the Academy Awards red carpet, to be highlighted. This year, the accessory of the night at the Oscars was not a shiny designer clutch or a strappy stiletto.

It’s a blue American Civil Liberties Union ribbon.
Ruth Negga, nominated for the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in “Loving,” wore the ribbon with a red floor-sweeping Valentino dress. “Loving” is based on the true story of a couple who were banished from Virginia for their interracial marriage.

The A.C.L.U. took up the case and brought it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, which struck down miscegenation laws — those that enforced segregation in intimate relationships — in 1967.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for best original song, wore a ribbon, too (as did his mother, Luz Towns-Miranda). He paired his with a slightly more low-key option than Ms. Negga’s: a tuxedo from San Marko Formals in Yonkers, N.Y., the same place that supplied his outfit for prom in 1998.

The model Karlie Kloss attached the tiny blue accessory to her white Stella McCartney dress, and Barry Jenkins, nominated for best director for “Moonlight,” paired it with a Dior Homme tuxedo.

And Busy Phillips, best known for her role in the television show “Cougar Town,” wore hers with a strapless green sheath.


The ribbons are part of the “Stand With A.C.L.U.” initiative. The nonprofit organization saw a surge in donations last month after President Trump issued an executive order restricting travel for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.