Oscars: ‘Midnight Rider’ Victim Sarah Jones Remembered on Broadcast
The camera assistant, who was killed by a train while filming the Gregg Allman biopic, was remembered following a successful online campaign.
The 27-year-old was a special addition after the "In Memoriam" segment following a successful campaign on social media, with her name added to the end of the tribute in a banner that flashed on television broadcasts.
The mention came moments after Bette Midler's performance of "Wind Beneath My Wings" during the Oscars memorial.
Jones was killed Feb. 20 when she was hit by a freight train while the crew filmed the Gregg Allman biopic on the tracks in Georgia.
The petition to include Sarah in the segment of the show, which remembers Hollywood greats who have died during the previous year and included Shirley Temple and Philip Seymour Hoffman, was launched last week on the Care2 website, an online community for activists.
Earlier Sunday, Jones was remembered by around 700 mourners in an emotional memorial in Atlanta.
Supporters had also encouraged those attending the Academy Awards to wear ribbons to both remember Jones and the promote safety on film sets. The Facebook campaign "Wear a ribbon to the Oscars for Sarah" had over 5,000 likes by the time the stars arrived on the red carpet.
There was also a successful Twitter campaign using hashtag #ribbonforsarah.
A "Slates for Sarah" Facebook page had also been set up, featuring comments and pictures of Sarah's name written on film slates has over 60,000 likes and includes dedications from Doctor Who, Castle, and Saturday Night Live.
The accident occurred on a train trestle over the Altamaha River near the Doctortown Road crossing in Wayne County, Ga. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the accident, which also left seven other crewmembers injured. Questions have been raised as to whether the production had permission to be filming on the train tracks.