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The "In Memoriam" Segment Of The Oscars Featured A Photo Of Someone Who Is Alive

Jan Chapman, whose photo was used instead of Janet Patterson's, told Variety: "I am alive and well and an active producer.” UPDATE: The Academy has apologised.

That embarrassing conclusion to the Oscars, which saw the people behind La La Land accepting the award for Best Picture when Moonlight had actually won, was not the only error during the ceremony.

During the "In Memoriam" segment of the awards, this tribute to Janet Patterson, the Australian costume and production designer, was shown to viewers.


Patterson's most notable work was for The Piano, Peter Pan, and Far From the Madding Crowd. She was nominated for four Oscars in her lifetime. She died in October 2016.

The photo the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences used for Patterson was actually one of Jan Chapman (on the left below), an Australian film producer who is alive.

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(Patterson is in the middle of the photo on the right, standing next to Chapman.)

In an email to Variety, which broke the story, 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 Variety she had urged Patterson's agency to check any photo that might be used and understood the agency had been told the Academy had it all covered. She added: "I am alive and well and an active producer.”

Chapman worked alongside Patterson in films such as Bright Star and The Piano. She is also the producer of the cult film The Babadook.

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.

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Many viewers picked up on the error straight away.

Pic of my pal Jan Chapman- very much alive - was just featured in In Memoriam. #Oscars

Oh dear. The #Oscars put up what I think is a photo of Jan Chapman, instead of Janet Patterson, for the In Memoria…

UPDATE: The Academy has apologised.

In an Instagram post posted by the organisation yesterday, the Academy wrote: "We sincerely apologise to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars 'In Memoriam' tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson. Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family."

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