Australian Producer, Jan Chapman, Mistaken for Late Australian Costume Designer, Janet Patterson, in Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ Segment: “I Am Alive and Well”

That Awkward Moment When The Oscars Says You’re Dead


Last night (February 27), the Oscars aired and while the Best Picture flub was the most notable blunder of the night, it certainly was not the award show’s only one.

According to TIME, during the Oscars’ In Memoriam segment,  the show mistakenly displayed a photo of Australian producer Jan Chapman when they meant to represent four-time Oscar nominee, Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer who passed away in October. Upon noticing her photo in place of Patterson’s, the producer expressed her disappointment in witnessing the mix-up,  as well as her experience in having to reassure her friends and fans that she was in-fact “alive and well.”


“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson, ”Chapman wrote in an email to Variety. “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,” Chapman added. “I am alive and well and an active producer.”


According to reports, Chapman is one of Australia’s best-know producers, who worked with the four-time nominee on the Australian drama The Last Days of Chez Nous. The two also collaborated on 1993 drama The Piano, which led to an Oscar nomination for both Chapman and Patterson, for Best Picture and Best Costume Design.



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