It’s been a devastating few weeks for The Vampire Diaries family — and for everyone who knew camera assistant Sarah Jones, who tragically died on the set of Midnight Rider two weeks ago. But there was a moment of bittersweet triumph during last night’s Oscars. After the submission of an online petition to include Sarah in the “In Memoriam” tribute during the ceremony, Sarah’s name and picture was included following the segment, asking viewers to go to the event’s website to see the entire list. Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert), who had been involved in the online campaign to promote the petition, expressed gratitude for the inclusion.

“I'm so happy and so sad right now,” Nina captioned the Instagram video she shared, highlighting the moment when Sarah’s name and picture came on the screen. “Bittersweet. Sarah, you have not died in vain. You gave your life, and it will save many in the future. There will be change. #SafetyForSarah We all love and miss you dearly. Thank you to everyone for signing the petition. Thank you to the #OSCARS for hearing our voices and honoring her legacy. #SlatesForSarah#Oscars @slatesforsarah RIPSarah #RibbonForSarah.”

Nina wasn’t the only TVDer to express gratitude for the Oscar’s inclusion. Co-executive producer Caroline Dries took to Twitter to share her reaction during the Oscars, simply saying, “Thank you, Oscars.” In addition to Caroline speaking out, Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) all shared their feels regarding Sarah’s inclusion on social media.

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