Thanks to an online campaign drawing attention to her death, Sarah Jones, who died in a tragic accident last week on the set of ‘Midnight Rider,’ was memorialized during tonight’s Academy Awards show.
Though her photo wasn’t featured during the In Memoriam montage that included Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Walker, Peter O’Toole, James Gandolfini, Shirley Temple, Harold Ramis and others that Hollywood last this year, Jones’ name was listed on a bumper at the end of Bette Midler’s performance. Viewers were directed to a gallery of photos on the Oscar website, which featured Jones.
Jones, 27, a camera assistant on the production, was killed during production of the Greg Allman biopic. Six other crew members were also injured.
The Slates for Sarah Facebook page, which features memorial tributes to Jones on clapboard slates from film and TV crews around the world, posted the following message following the Academy Awards tribute to Jones:
“Everyone said it was impossible but the love of Sarah and “Sarah’s Team” did it!! The Academy saw your slates and heard your voice and Sarah Elizabeth Jones made it to the Oscars as a symbol of a better, safer film world to work in for all the young people coming into the business….We go further working together for change.”
To memorialize Jones’ death, a separate Facebook group asked everyone attending the Academy Awards to wear a small black ribbon in her honor. A number of Oscar winners wore black ribbons, including Glenn Freemantle, who won for Sound Editing (“Gravity”) and the Visual Effects Team for “Gravity.”