The Oscars Fails Again, Puts Living Person In The 'In Memoriam' Video

by Eitan Levine

Last night wasn't the smoothest Oscars in recent history.

I think we can all admit that as much as this year's Academy Awards were super entertaining, it definitely wasn't a perfect event.

The show will mostly be remembered for the number of gaffes that took place, arguably the biggest of which happened during the “in memoriam” section of the night.

The Oscars mistakenly used a picture of a living woman instead of a picture of the woman who had actually died. Yeah.

Oh, no.


For all of you out there who aren't obsessed with Australia's movie production heavy hitters, that picture above isn't of four-time Oscar nominee Janet Patterson, it's actually of producer Jan Chapman who is known for her work on "The Last Days of Chez Nous" and "The Piano."

Chapman is alive and well, by the way.

And she isn't exactly happy at the situation. In an email to Variety, she said,

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.

Chapman and Patterson worked together on both "The Piano" and "The Last Days of Chez Nous."

As much as this was a massive screw-up, it was far from the worst error that took place during the night.

That honor goes to when Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway failed at announcing which film took home Best Picture honors.

They said "La La Land" won, but it didn't. "Moonlight" did.

The error was corrected in real-time, and thankfully, "Moonlight" got its moment on the Oscar stage.

The night was still a pretty big disaster, which means only one thing: The slot for #1 awards show is wide friggin open!

Now is your time to shine, People's Choice Awards.

Citations: 'I Am Alive and Well.' Australian Producer Mistakenly Included in Oscars 'In Memoriam' Segment (Time)