OSCARS 'In Memoriam' Mistakenly Pays Tribute to Woman Still Alive

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Janet Patterson poses with her award for Best Production Design at the 2010 Inside Film Awards at City Recital Hall on November 14, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Imagine what Australian producer, Jan Chapman (above) was thinking while she watching the 'In Memoriam" segment during last night's OSCARS paying tribute to people in the entertainment industry who passed away in the past year. Chapman  was “devastated” by yet another mistake during the Oscars telecast. A photo of a living woman...Yes, a very alive and well photo of Jan Chapman was mistakenly used during the tribute.  

Australian Costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee, Janet Patterson, (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and “Bright Star”) passed away in October 2015. Janet Patterson and Jan Chapman worked together on “The Piano.”

Her name and occupation were correct in the montage, but the photo used was of Jan Chapman, a still-living Australian film producer. Check out the image below.

“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 told Variety by email. “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.

The Academy has yet to comment on the mistake.

This year’s 'In Memoriam' segment also had everyone wondering why several notable celebrities who passed in 2016, including Garry Shandling and Florence Henderson, were not included in the tribute.

Bill Paxton, who died over the weekend, was also not included, but his passing was mentioned by presenter Jennifer Aniston.

Source: Variety 

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