Top Australian producer, Jan Chapman says she was devastated by another grave mistake in the Oscars telecast, apart from the best picture gaffe. During the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of Jan Chapman, who is still alive was mistakenly used in place of that of Janet Patterson’s who died last year.
Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and “Bright Star”) passed away in October 2016.
Her name and occupation were correct in the montage, but the photo used was that of Jan Chapman.
“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,” Chapman said.
This year’s Oscars In Memoriam segment was not without other controversy. Several notable celebrities who passed away last year, including Garry Shandling and Florence Henderson, were not included in the tribute, although they were better known for their television careers.
Bill Paxton, who died over the weekend, was also not included, but his passing was mentioned by presenter Jennifer Aniston.