The Oscars Accidentally Used An Image Of A Producer Who’s Still Alive During The “In-Memoriam” Segment

The Best Picture incident wasn’t the only mistake of the night.

February 27, 2017
The Oscars Accidentally Used An Image Of A Producer Who’s Still Alive During The  “In-Memoriam” Segment

Spare a thought for the organizers of the Academy Awards this morning as they reflect on a ceremony that looks set to go down in infamy. On top of the obvious mix-up over who won Best Picture, it was Moonlight not La La Land, there was also a major flub in the "In Memoriam" section.

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The annual round-up of those we have lost in the last 12 months featured Hollywood greats such as Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder, and John Hurt. There was also a mention of costume designer and four-time nominee Janet Patterson, who passed away in October 2016. However, her inclusion was accompanied by a picture of Australian producer Jan Chapman by mistake.

Chapman is alive and worked on The Babadook in 2014. She told Variety she was "devastated" by the Oscars mistake.

Patteron and Chapman worked together on 1994 film The Piano. As The Wrap notes, Chapman’s image does appear in some photo databases under Patterson’s name.

The Oscars Accidentally Used An Image Of A Producer Who’s Still Alive During The “In-Memoriam” Segment