Oscars 2017 Included an “Alive and Well” Producer in Their In Memoriam!
The Oscars 2017 were going so well — until the final hour of the (incredibly long) show last night.
Everyone is talking about the cringeworthy mix up in the Academy Awards’ final moments, with La La Land mistakenly accepting Best Picture only to have it swiped away for the rightful winner, Moonlight.
However, there was another even more upsetting mistake not long before that!
During the In Memoriam segment on Sunday night, Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee Janet Patterson was among the honorees who left us in 2016.
That’s all well and good, except the photo they used? Definitely not Janet Patterson!
Some viewers noticed the mistake, with one tweeting, “This came up in the In Memoriam section at #Oscars2017. But isn't this (living) Australian film producer Jan Chapman?”
Indeed, the image featured was that of living Australian film producer Jan Chapman!
Making matters worse, Jan and Janet were actually close friends and colleagues, having worked together on 1993’s The Piano. You can see the two alongside director Jane Campion below:
The industry vet reacted to the confusion in an email to Variety, admitting she’s “devastated” by the mistake.
She writes, “I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson.”
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“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,” she continues.
“Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up.”
The tribute also left out some important losses of the year, including Florence Henderson and Garry Shandling.
Twister star Bill Paxton, who passed away over the weekend, was not in the montage either, though Jennifer Aniston mentioned his name in the intro.
At this time the Academy has yet to comment on the mistake. Stay tuned to Wetpaint for more Oscars 2017 coverage!