All of us now aware of the major gaffe at Oscars when the presenter announce the wrong film for the best picture, and what ensued next became the news worldwide.
But hold on… do you know it was not just the only error that hogged the limelight in terrible fashion. There was something else, though not a major one, but a glaring one to some extent.
During the show’s In Memoriam segment, an annual montage honouring significant figures in the industry who are sadly no longer with us, presenter Billy Eichner tweeted this rather prescient joke:
And then, the segment featured costume and production designer Janet Patterson.
Previously nominated for an Oscar for work on the The Piano and Portrait of a Lady, among others, Patterson passed away in October 2016.
IF ANYONE FROM THE IN MEMORIUM IS STILL ALIVE PLEASE LET US KNOW
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 27, 2017
Unfortunately, that’s not Janet Patterson…
To everyone’s surprise, it’s Australian producer Jan Chapman.
Jan Chapman, who is still very much alive.
To make matters worse, Chapman was in fact a great friend of the late Patterson.
Chapman issued the following statement:
“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson.
— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) February 27, 2017
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.”