The Academy Apologizes For Including Photo Of A Living Person In Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Tribute

The Academy has issued an apology to living Australian producer Jan Chapman after she was mistakenly included in the Oscars In Memoriam tribute on Sunday night.

“The Piano” crew member was shocked when the Academy used her photo to commemorate the death of her former collaborator, Janet Patterson, a BAFTA-winning and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer.

“We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars In Memoriam tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson,” a statement posted to the Academy’s Instagram account red. “Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family.”

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Patterson, who passed away in October 2016, was honoured during the annual moment of silence but was instead misidentified with a photo of a smiling Chapman.

Chapman was forced to reassure friends, colleagues, and worried Twitter users that she is indeed, “alive and well” after Sunday night’s mistake.

“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson,” Chapman told 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.”

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“I am alive and well and an active producer,” she concluded.

Patterson and Chapman worked together on “The Last Days of Chez Nous” and “The Piano”.


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