In what can only be described as the second worst flub of the evening after the Oscars were capped with a Steve Harvey-esque screw up of awarding the Best Picture award to the wrong film, the Oscar production team erroneously included the picture of a Australian producer, who is very much alive.
From the LA Times:
Australian producer Jan Chapman says she was “devastated” when she saw her image used in the Oscars’ 2017 In Memoriam segment in place of a picture of her “friend and long-time collaborator” Janet Patterson, who died in October 2015.
“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,” Chapman told Variety in an overnight email.
“Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up.”
Four-time Academy Award nominee Patterson’s name and profession — costume designer — were correct. Variety has a photo of both women with director Jane Campion.
The photo of Chapman that was used erroneously was taken at the Australian Film Institute’s 2010 Inside Film Awards in Sydney, where Patterson won best production design for “Bright Star.” A photo-service caption on that image incorrectly identified Chapman as Patterson, who had a production designer credit on that film as well as on “The Portrait of a Lady.”
Frankly, with the Celebrity Massacre that was 2016, I’m surprised that the In Memoriam portion of the Oscars didn’t last as long as the show itself. Considering the Oscar Production staff handing out the wrong award for both Best Picture and Death, you’d think the Oscar people would be able to include the likes of Doris Roberts, Florence Henderson or Garry Shandling in their In Memoriam.
With as liberal as the audience was, you’d think they would have at least included Hillary Clinton’s political career.