Statement Style! All the Stars Who Sent a Powerful Message with Their Clothes at the 2020 Emmys
These celebs showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, demanded justice for Breonna Taylor and sent more meaningful declarations through their statement-making looks
While accepting the award for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie for her role as Shirley Chisholm in Mrs. America, Uzo donned a black T-shirt honoring Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot by police in a raid of her apartment six months ago in an incident that sparked widespread protests.
Aduba told PEOPLE after her win that portraying Chisholm helped inform her choice to highlight Taylor's story in her outfit. "Having been able to take space playing a woman who did something remarkable and who stood up for the people who are most voiceless in our society and who have not been championed. It felt like, in this time, I didn't want to leave what's happening outside. I want to bring the world in and represent and speak for those who have been forgotten."
The Emmy winner also honored Breonna Taylor with her ensemble at the 2020 ceremony. She first wore her Phenomenal Woman T-shirt on Instagram, to demand justice for Taylor, then switched things up on Sunday by wearing the shirt backwards, to show Taylor's face and the words "SAY HER NAME" in capital letters.
"It’s been 150 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered in her sleep by Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove — and her killers have not been charged. Too often Black women who die from police violence are forgotten," King wrote on Instagram.
"Let’s stay loud, keep demanding justice for Breonna and her family, and SAY HER NAME. This campaign and T-shirt was created by @phenomenal in partnership with the Breonna Taylor Foundation, to which all profits will be donated," she continued.
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What fans may have missed while admiring the Insecure star's dazzling Azzi & Osta red one-shoulder sequin gown at the 2020 Emmys was the powerful statement she made with her quarantine buzz cut — she shaved the Black Lives Matter symbol into her hair.
"NUFF✊🏾SAID🖤," she wrote in an Instagram pic of the look.
Thanks to the "Protect the Court" sign behind the GLOW actress and her Lingua Franca vote tee (which was embroidered with the words "Biden/Harris" on the inside of the collar!) viewers got her message loud and clear.
The nominee even added a Jennifer Meyer "vote" necklace for a nice finishing touch to her 2020 Emmys look.
The Watchmen creator dedicated his Emmy (the show won Outstanding Limited Series) to the victims and survivors of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921.
"I would be remiss if we didn’t recognize all the men and women who died in the Tulsa Massacre in 1921, the original sin of our show," Lindelof said in his acceptance speech. "This country neglects and forgets its own history at its own peril often and we should never forget that."
The series, which is set 34 years after the events that occur within the comic book series, focuses on racist violence in Tulsa Oklahoma in 2019.