February 27, 2017


The Oscars' In Memoriam Section Included a Living Woman's Picture

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Yes, everyone's talking about the the big mixup at the 2017 Academy Awards, where the wrong Best Picture winner was initially declared, but did you catch the other gaffe?

During the Oscars' In Memoriam segment—which honors those in the movie industry who left us in the last year or so—a photo of a living, breathing woman was used. 

Janet Patterson, the Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee known for her work in films like The Piano and Portrait of a Lady, did pass away in October 2015. And while her name and occupation were correctly featured, a photo of Jan Chapman (see above), a well-known Australian producer, was used.

Chapman did issue a beautiful statement to Variety on the mixup to honor her friend and confirm that, yes, is alive:

"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. I am alive and well and an active producer."

The Academy has yet to comment on the mistake.

Check out a comedic take on Best Picture winner Moonlight below: