Oscars' other flub: ‘Dead' woman from Memoriam is still alive
The best picture envelope disaster wasn’t the only Oscars flub on Sunday night.
During the In Memoriam segment, a wrong photo was used during the rundown of celebrities who have died this past year.
Instead of a photo of costume designer Janet Patterson, the image of producer Jan Chapman was mistakingly used.
Patterson was a four-time Oscar nominee who died in October, while Chapman is still alive and recently worked on The Babadook (Both were Australian, so at least Oscar producers got the continent right).
Chapman issued a statement to Variety: “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. I am alive and well and an active producer.”
The tribute reel was also criticized for omitting a few names — though that seems to happen every year — including Garry Shandling and Florence Henderson (though, to be fair, both were best known for television roles). Bill Paxton, who died over the weekend, wasn’t present the reel but was honored by presenter Jennifer Aniston prior to the segment.
The Academy hasn’t said anything about the In Memoriam segment yet, but the origin of the mistake is apparently the widely used photo service Getty images, which mislabeled Chapman’s photo in its archive.
As for that other mistake: During the best picture presentation, Faye Dunaway read that La La Land had won the night’s top honor. In actuality, Moonlight was the winner, setting off chaos inside the Dolby Theatre. The Academy’s accountants issued a statement to clarify what went wrong during the best picture presentation.