Producer Jan Chapman Mistakenly Featured In Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Is Alive

Ford Springer | Contributor

Movie Producer Jan Chapman’s photo was mistakenly used during the Academy Awards “In Memoriam” segment, which recognizes those in the movie industry who have passed away over the last year.

Chapman said she was “devastated” to see her photo appear on screen, mistakenly being used to represent her good friend, costume designer Janet Patterson who passed away in October of 2016, Fox News reports.

“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. 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,” Chapman added.

This mistake by the Academy went mostly unnoticed until Chapman brought attention to it. The photo used in the memoriam matches one of Chapman by photo database Getty Images mistakenly identified as Janet Patterson in the caption.

Janet Patterson poses with her award for Best Production Design at the 2010 Inside Film Awards at City Recital Hall on November 14, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Your average viewer wouldn’t have recognized the mistake, but it certainly wasn’t the only one made during the awards show.

When the time came to present the biggest award of the evening, “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the winner for best picture. Presenters Warren Beatty and Fay Dunaway were given the wrong envelope, but after the “La La Land” cast and crew took the stage Warren had to apologize for the mix-up and recognize “Moonlight” as the actual Best Picture winner.

Ford Springer



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