After ‘The Vampire Diaries’ crew member lost her life on the set of another project, the ‘TVD’ cast and many others moved for her to be included in the “In Memoriam” segment during the Academy Awards on Mar. 2. However, a new report claims that the emotional petition hasn’t swayed the awards show committee.
The TV and film communities are still in mourning after The Vampire Diaries crew member Sarah Jones was tragically killed by a freight train while on the set of an upcoming movie. But even though there has been an outpouring of support within the entertainment community — and even more so from outside of it — a new report says that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are still refusing to include Sarah in the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment.
Oscars ‘In Memoriam’: Will Sarah Jones Be Included?
An online petition urging the academy to honor Sarah has garnered over 55,000 signatures, but they haven’t been swayed, according to the Los Angeles Times. Two sources have reportedly said that the academy likely won’t be adding Sarah to their segment, and instead she will be included in an extended “in memoriam” list on the academy’s website.
The sources could not say why the academy has decided not to add Sarah to the list of names that will be announced on Oscar night, Mar. 2.
“I think it’s a missed opportunity to honor her on a much larger scale,” Ed Gutentang, a cinematographer who has supported the online movement, told the Times. “There are pictures of slates coming in from Downton Abbey and Chile. Why can’t they stick one more picture in that memoriam? What’s the big deal?”
We’re asking the same questions.
But what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should the academy consider the petition and include Sarah in the Oscars “In Memoriam?” Let us know your thoughts. And rest in peace, Sarah.
— Andrew Gruttadaro