Academy apologizes for using wrong In Memoriam photo
The Academy is apologizing for yet another Oscars blunder.
After mistakenly running a photo of living producer Jan Chapman during the awards show’s annual In Memoriam segment, the Academy addressed the incident on Wednesday afternoon via Instagram, sharing a picture of costume designer Janet Patterson, whose name appeared next to Chapman’s photo during the Sunday night telecast.
“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,” the post’s caption reads. “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.”
On its website, the Academy also updated broadcast footage to include the correct photo of Patterson in the In Memoriam montage.
Having worked closely with acclaimed director Jane Campion in the past, Patterson, who received Oscar nods for her work on films like The Piano, The Portrait of a Lady, Oscar and Lucinda, and Bright Star, died in October. She was 60.
Chapman previously told Variety she was “devastated” by the Academy’s mixup.
“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,” she said to the publication via statement. “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.”
Read the Academy’s full statement on the gaffe above.