Black Ribbons and Hasty Oscar Tribute for Dead Film Crew Member

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After an intense social-media campaign, the Academy Awards slipped in a tribute to Sarah Jones, the crew member killed on a movie set 10 days before the traditional memorial montage that airs during the Oscars ceremony. Jones was not, it should be noted, included in the actual “In Memoriam” segment of celebrities and other Hollywood figures who died in 2013, including James Gandolfini, Shirley Temple Black, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Academy for Motion Picture Arts & Sciences chose to flash a rectangular sliver with Jones’s name and headshot across the bottom of the screen right before cutting to a commercial break, as the final notes of Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings were still quavering in the air.

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