There Was Another Big Oscars Flub

In Memoriam segment features wrong person's photo
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2017 12:21 PM CST

Not only did La La Land accidentally get announced as Best Picture when the winner was really Moonlight, Sunday night's Academy Awards also included a big flub during the In Memoriam segment. As the name of Janet Patterson, a costume designer who died in 2016, flashed onscreen, the photograph shown was not Patterson but Jan Chapman, an Australian producer who has worked with Patterson in the past and who is still alive. "I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and longtime collaborator Janet Patterson," Chapman tells Variety in an email.

"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 continues. "Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up. I am alive and well and an active producer." Today notes that a few significant celebrities who died in 2016 were not included in the In Memoriam segment at all, including Garry Shandling, Doris Roberts, Florence Henderson, and Robert Vaughn. (More Oscars stories.)

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