The film industry was devastated by two recent deaths that have led to a movement to alter this Sunday’s “in memoriam” segment of the Oscar telecast: One was the natural causes passing of comedy filmmaker Harold Ramis, 69. Ramis, the star of Ghostbusters and Stripes, and director of Vacation,Caddyshack, and Groundhog Day, died on Monday at his home in Chicago.the other was the accidental death of camera assistant Sarah Jones , 27, whose credits include Midnight Rambler (the film that led to her death) and the TV series The Vampire Diaries, was killed last Thursday while filming on a bridge that authorities said was supposed to be off-limits to the production. She was struck by a train in Georgia while working on a biopic of rock musician Gregg Allman.
Many are signing petitions and making telephone calls asking the producers of the Oscars to include her in the telecast’s tribute. But … that effort misunderstands how that part of the show is created.