On top of the embarrassing conclusion to the Oscars, which saw the people behind the wrong movie accepting the award for Best Picture, another error has since come to light.
During the “In Memoriam” segment of the awards, Australian costume and production designer, Janet Patterson, was remembered. Her most notable work was for “The Piano”, “Peter Pan” and “Far From the Madding Crowd”. She had been nominated for four Oscars during her life. Patterson passed away in October 2016.
The photo the Academy used during the Oscars was actually of Jan Chapman, an Australian film producer who is still very much alive. In an email to Variety, Chapman wrote, “I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson.”
She told the magazine that she had checked and had been reassured by the Academy that it was correct. She added “ 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.”
Chapman is one of Australia’s best-known producers with credits including “Lantana,” “Holy Smoke,” and “The Last Days of Chez Nous.” She was married to director Philip Noyce in the 1970s.
Photos of Janet Patterson show up as Jan Chapman on photo directory websites including Getty and PA Images, which may explain how the mistake happened. Many viewers picked up on the mistake quickly.
This years “In memorium” segment was not without other controversy. Several notable celebrities who passed in 2016, 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.