Tragic Midnight Rider camera assistant remembered at Creative Arts Emmys

The camera assistant who lost her life when she was hit by a train while shooting Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider in February (14) was among the people remembered during the In Memoriam montage during Saturday’s (16Aug14) Creative Arts Emmys. Sarah Jones, 27, was working on a train track in Georgia when she failed to escape the path of the oncoming locomotive.
Her death has sparked a Hollywood movement for safer sets.
Director Randall Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing, while the biopic itself has been on hold ever since the tragedy.
U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live was the big winner at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five honours, while Sherlock: His Last Vow, True Detective, documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Game of Thrones claimed four awards apiece.
The highlight of the night for many was Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba’s emotional Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy acceptance speech.
The star, who plays jailbird Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren on the hit Netflix show said, “I feel so full, that’s why the tears come out. I’m stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. I feel absolutely all of those things: I feel full of joy, like a fountain. Mission accomplished.”
Prior to her first Emmy win, Aduba told reporters, “All I can hold onto today is this idea of the day I got this job, I was leaving this business, I had quit and now I’m at the Emmys, and I’m nominated for an Emmy, and my show is nominated, and my castmates are nominated.”
She received her honour from Morgan Freeman and told the media backstage, “It’s like you’re walking and you’re aware that you’re walking toward Morgan Freeman, but you’re fairly certain you should still be sitting on your seat. You’re like, ‘Maybe I’m embarrassing myself, maybe they called somebody else’s name and I don’t know what’s happening'”
There were also awards for Allison Janney (Guest Actress in a Drama for her role in Masters of Sex), and Scandal star Joe Morton (Guest Actor in a Drama).
The ceremony – the precursor to the primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held later this month (Aug14) – was staged at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.