One of the highlights of watching awards shows is without a doubt the red carpet arrivals. We鈥檙e totally suckers for noticing color and pattern trends, like the return of the simple stripe at this year鈥檚 SAG Awards. And of course, there鈥檚 a good chance that Bryce Dallas Howard will be rocking a frock that鈥檚 super affordable, by Hollywood standards.

But increasingly, tuning into awards shows is more than just a fashion show 鈥 it comes with a heavy dose of politics too. Recently, we saw it when Meryl Streep used her Cecil B. DeMille Award speech at the Golden Globes to stand up for freedom of the press and immigration rights, and to rail against bullying and hate.

The recent SAG awards were even more broadly and openly political 鈥 almost every presenter and winner who got in front of a mic used the moment to address President Trump鈥檚 immigration ban, calling for unity. And The Big Bang Theory鈥檚 Simon Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne literally wore their support for immigrants in opposition to President Trump鈥檚 immigrant ban, which had been implemented that same weekend.

The Oscars are touted as Hollywood鈥檚 biggest night, and there鈥檚 no doubt that this year鈥檚, happening on February 26, will mark a turning point. Nominated director Asghar Farhadi is from, and lives in, Iran; under President Trump鈥檚 travel ban, he would be unable to attend, which brings an immediate and very tangible political perspective to the room. And with the number of celebrities and major companies publicly speaking out against the President鈥檚 current executive orders, it seems very unlikely that the sentiment won鈥檛 find its way on stage in front of the Academy 鈥 and the world.

Hopefully, there will still be room for celebration too 鈥 this year鈥檚 more inclusive聽nominee list goes a long way to start addressing the #OscarsSoWhite problem of last year鈥檚 awards. Either way, it feels more and more like this year鈥檚 Oscars will be a memorable one.

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