Several nominees who won Oscar awards on Sunday remembered Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a crew member who was killed on the set of “Midnight Rider,” by wearing a black ribbon during their speeches.
Jones, 27, was hit by a freight train in Georgia several weeks ago during pre-production of the film.
Mark Sanger, editor of “Gravity”; Glenn Fremantle, sound editor of “Gravity”; and Malcolm CLarke, director of “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” were among the winners that wore ribbons during their acceptance speeches.
In addition, at the end of Bette Midler’s performance, a banner with Jones’ picture and name was projected at the ceremony, directing people to an Oscar.com photo gallery of her.
Jones died when she was struck by a freight train over the Altamaha River in Wayne County, Georgia.
The accident injured seven other crew members.
Around 700 mourners gathered in Atlanta to remember Jones.
John Strickland, a local revered, told attendees not to put off telling loved ones that you care about them, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
“When we’re young adults, we think we’ll live forever. But parents die. Friends die. Sometimes even children die. So tell the ones that you love that you love them,” Strickland said.
Lloyd Ahern, director of photography on “Army Wives,” who worked with Jones, said that her presence was “like sprinkling fairy dust” on whatever situation she found herself in.