Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Segment Uses Picture Of Living Woman

By February 27, 2017

It’s easy to make mistakes at a long live telecast like the Oscars (just ask Faye Dunaway), but there’s one that has reportedly “devastated” a film producer.

Jan Chapman, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for The Piano, says her picture was used instead of Janet Patterson’s during the “In Memoriam” segment of Sunday’s telecast. Patterson, a four-time nominee for The Piano and other films, died last October at 60.

Chapman told Variety that she had tried to work with the Oscars to make sure they had the right photo of Patterson, and was assured everything was taken care of.

“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered.

“Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee, and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up.”

Patterson’s nominations ran between 1994 and 2010, including The Portrait of a LadyOscar and Lucinda and Bright Star. Her final credit was a costume designer for Far from the Madding Crowd in 2015, which starred Carey Mulligan and Michael Sheen.

The Oscar’s biggest flub, however, came during the final award of the evening, best picture. Dunaway and Bonnie and Clyde co-star Warren Beatty received the wrong awards envelope, and mistakenly announced La La Land as the best picture winner. However, producers for the telecast quickly realized they had the wrong winner, and the stage had to be cleared to allow the cast and crew of Moonlight to win the award instead.

Chapman most recently worked as a producer on The Daughter, which was released in the United States last month. It starred Geoffrey Rush, Nicholas Hope and Sam Neill.

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