Petitioners want 'Midnight Rider' crew member honored in Oscar segment

Camera assistant Sarah Jones died last Thursday on the set of Midnight Rider in Georgia, and now petitioners are trying to get her included in this years “In Memoriam” segment at the Oscars.

One of the petitions to have Jones’ name added to the list is on the website Care2 and says, “Crew members are the unsung heroes of film and television production who work long hours and sometimes very dangerous conditions for the love of filmmaking.”

The “In Memoriam” segment on the Oscars usually features big names in Hollywood or in society in general — last year’s included Fahrenheit 451 writer Ray Badbury and filmmaker/author/Oscar-winner Nora Ephron, for example. This is why a petition, not just a simple request, is being issued to have Jones’ name included. Another issue is time: It may not be right, but the Academy doesn’t seem to have enough time — or doesn’t seem to want to make enough time — to include everyone in the business who has passed away in the previous year. Even TV legend Andy Griffith didn’t make the cut last year.

The Care2 petition has already reached its goal of obtaining 27,000 signatures. We’ll find out March 2 if it did any good.


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