Oscars: Australian Producer Jan Chapman Devastated by Mistaken In Memoriam Photo

Janet Patterson Obit
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Another Oscars Gaffe: In Memoriam Video Included Photo of Living Woman

Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.

In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used.

Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and “Bright Star”) passed away in October 2016.


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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 erroneous image above.

“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.

To confuse matters further, Patterson and Chapman worked together on “The Piano.”

Below is a shot of Jan Chapman, Janet Patterson and (the similarly named) Jane Campion during a promotional event for the 1993 film.

Jan Chapman Janet Patterson Jane Campion

Jan Chapman, Janet Patterson and Jane Campion in 1993 (Photo by BEI/REX/Shutterstock)

The Academy has yet to comment on the mistake.

This year’s In Memoriam segment was not without other controversy. Several notable celebrities who passed in 2016, including Garry Shandling and Florence Henderson, were not included in the tribute, although they were better known for their television careers.

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

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  1. The Democratic parties biggest supporters at their best.

  2. Reed Smith says:

    The gang who couldn’t shoot straight. A sad commentary on the decline of film in general and hollywood in particular. It’s rich to watch these narcissists swagger around with their armed guards and gated, secured and walled off enclaves preach to the rest of us about “allowing” illegals come, live, and homestead among us. I, for one, vote that ALL illegals that we round up be bused in to beverly hills, bel air, and brentwood and just dropped off and left.

  3. MrCairo says:

    Can anyone please verify Raoul Coutard’s picture in the In Memoriam Segment ? Seems it was not him in the photo…

  4. Alan Rickman was mentioned in last year’s segment, people.

  5. CJB says:

    Please, let’s put a stake in the Oscars empty heart. Enough already.

  6. SWSfraser says:

    Jan shouldn’t be devastated. Because of the mix-up she was able to speak about her friend and people around the world heard what she had to say and are more familiar with the Janet’s work than before. It helped me know her a little better and appreciate her work.

  7. Marie Zell says:

    It was insane at the Oscars. They forgot to mention Leonard Cohen, who passed away last November, during The In Memoriam ceremony. I think Donald Trump is turning everybody into lunatics. What a “tremendous disaster!”

  8. Faye Kanews says:

    I remember seeing at least one name with the title “executive”.
    What I most remember is not seeing the names below. #wow

    David Bowie
    Alan Rickman
    Robert Vaughn
    Garry Shandling
    Florence Henderson

  9. kenjimoto says:

    There should be no comma in the opening sentence: “Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast.”

  10. Sarah B. says:

    Alan Rickman was not shown either. He died on January 14, 2016.

    • Karen Dögg Braun says:

      Exactly. Alan died in January and was therefore in last years in memoriam. I don’t understand how people don’t get that.

  11. Robert Voughn also not included, what a shame

  12. Carrie Schmidt says:

    This was easily the worst Oscars event I have ever seen. Listing living people as dead. The parachuting food (no class). Not mentioning David Bowie. Garry Shandling, and Florence Henderson who was part of family life for many, many years on our TVs. And then the final award. Was anyone sober running this thing at all?

    • Angeleno says:

      I thought the “parachuting food” was hilarious because it looked exactly like the helpful things that were sent in by parachute to the tributes in “The Hunger Games.” Seemed appropriate somehow, LOL!

    • cadavra says:

      Florence Henderson was a TV star. The Oscars are about movies. They’ll acknowledge her at the Emmys.

  13. Mr Model says:

    Last night’s show – as well as last year’s Miss Universe pageant – clearly shows that the United States has become really bad at what we do. When did we become so stupid and unqualified?

  14. John D says:

    Where was Alan Rickman?

  15. krumhorn says:

    Their sneering arrogance in thinking that Americans give a crap about their self-righteous half-baked political views also makes them think that they can do no wrong since, after all, they have a monopoly on virtue.

    Trump should have a field day with this.

    ….and the winner IS

    – Krumhorn

  16. SPIKE says:


  17. MikeB says:

    Maybe if they had spent less time trying to figure out how to bash Trump, they would have made less mistakes.

  18. JE Vizzusi says:

    Do not ever rely upon any Agency’s reply or connection with The Academy. The montage stills used all need to be checked for multiple reasons. C. Workman’s incredible “In Tribute To Films” are sorrowfully missed. Whatever wrong that went wrong can never take away from MOONLIGHT and the wild ride of this little Indie Film shot in Florida.

    • msd says:

      Maybe it wasn’t a ‘big’ headline making mistake but at least the Best Film screw up got sorted out. Apparently a photo was ‘misidentified on Getty Images’. You don’t have to be a genius to know that photos are misidentified all the time on Getty, and indeed all over the internet. That’s why you CHECK INFORMATION. It’s such an amateurish, disrespectful mistake to make, especially when the person who died had four Oscar nominations. And to then put up a photos of her very much alive friend who looked nothing like her! Nicole Kidman, Viggo Mortensen etc who knew and worked with Patterson must have been quite shocked as they sat there watching.

  19. Lee Goldberg says:

    Robert Vaughn’s death wasn’t noted in the memoriam either.

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