In a gaffe overshadowed by a certain envelope mix up, the Academy Awards accidentally used the wrong photo while honoring a recently deceased costume designer during the “In Memoriam” video.
According to Variety, the video mentioned Janet Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee from Australia. While the Academy got her name and occupation correct, they used a photo of Jen Chapman — a film producer from Australia who is still alive and well.
“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. “I am alive and well and an active producer.”
— Alexandre Borges (@alex_borges) February 27, 2017
Janet Patterson was nominated for "The Piano," "Portrait of a Lady," "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Bright Star." She worked in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years.
Below is a photo of both Patterson and Chapman (left and center) along with Jane Campion during a promotional event for a 1993 film.
— BINGBING Cocktail (@BINGBING_CKTAIL) February 27, 2017
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.