53,000 sign petition to honor Sarah Elizabeth Jones at the Oscars


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Petition for Oscar recognition goes viral

An online petition uploaded by Anderson Vilien has gone viral acquiring over 50,000 signatures and urging the Academy to honor Sarah Elizabeth Jones.

Jones, who died in a tragic film set accident was only 27 when she and a number of film crew members were struck by an oncoming freight train. She was working as a camera assistant and had been pursuing a career that she loved.

The film industry has overwhelmingly backed stronger safety standards for on-location shoots to avoid tragic accidents. Film crews from around the world have also been sending in their pics with slates in Sarah's name.

A Facebook group was started to remember Sarah, and several petitions asked the Academy to consider honoring her career this weekend.

The Academy petition asks :

"Sarah Elizabeth Jones was a West Columbia native who died last week while filming a movie in South Georgia. 
Only 27 years old, Sarah's promising life was cut short when she was struck by a train while working on a dangerous set. 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. Sarah Elizabeth Jones was one of us. 
We ask for Sarah Elizabeth Jones' love and passion for filmmaking be acknowledged on the grandest stage of all, The Academy Awards. 

UPDATE: This petition will be submitted for consideration by The Academy by Saturday, March 1st at noon. Thank you for supporting one of our own." 

#SafetyForSarah #SlatesforSarah #RIPSarahJones

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