Oscars Memoriam Reel Showed Living Woman

Man, they had a bad night. Variety reports:

Leading Australian producer, Jan Chapman was “devastated” by another mistake in the Oscars telecast. In addition to the best picture gaffe, during the show’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman was mistakenly used. Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and “Bright Star”) passed away in October 2015. Her name and occupation were correct in the montage, but the photo used was of Jan Chapman, a still-living Australian film producer.

“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,” Chapman told Variety by email. “I am alive and well and an active producer.”

  • Ooops.

  • Do Something Nice

    For once, they aren’t waiting until the last minute.

    • Joe in PA

      I love being proactive. 🙂

      • Mike

        Hey Joe.

        • Joe in PA

          Whoa…what the hell? I dare say, I had mine first. 🙂 I used to use the one where C/Hs were hugging, after the election I switched to this one. 🙂

          • Mike

            Not sure when I had it changed.. Between all the accounts, it hard to keep all the passwords in your head… So if I don’t remember or don’t really feel like I usually don’t comment….cheers

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor


  • that would totally creep me out. it’s funny bc it’s another person, but wow, that would be weird to see your face numbered among the dead.

    • -M-

      Yes, but I think she’s more pissed about her friend not being properly honored.

  • Do Something Nice

    The other thing that nobody is talking about is Vince Vaughn’s remark calling Kimmel a ‘Sal Mineo.’ Was that a homophobic reference?

    • Mickey Bitsko

      I thought it was a height joke. I also think Vince Vaughn is not very funny.

      • Do Something Nice

        But Kimmel is 6’1″

        • Mickey Bitsko

          In that case, what was that about?

        • JCF

          But isn’t Vaughn like 6’5″, 6’6″? It’s all relative. And WTF *is* up w/ Kimmel v Matt Damon anyway? Several times I thought it veered from “Ha-Ha” to “Kimmel is an @sshole.”.

          • Yann

            It’s a game that come from his show… it has a long history and Matt Damon actually took control of the show one episode, also he piggy back Affleck (literally) to Kimmel Show after the Oscar, last year or the other before that… not really sure which one it was.

            It’s mostly a joke that they keep going back to. (They also have fake couple therapy sessions)

          • Do Something Nice

            Long-standing issue and it used to be a pretend fight but it is also somewhat real. Matt would be scheduled for Kimmel’s show but Kimmel would make it so they were always out of time so Matt never got on. But then Matt and Kimmel’s girlfriend made this hilarious video:


            And in response, Kimmel made this video:


            Here’s a synopsis of the feud:


    • Oh’behr

      Vince Vaughn is a conservative.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    They missed Alan Rickman.

    • You are absolutely right. What a glaring oversight.

    • Mickey Bitsko
      • Pollos Hermanos

        Ah ok. I thought they did calendar year.

        • Mickey Bitsko

          So did I until last year.

          • Chuck in NYC

            All the more reason why a death in October 2015 should have been gotten right last night. Biz-arre.

        • BobSF_94117

          That would put them in the awkward position of ignoring the deaths of people in the few weeks before the show.

  • Rex

    If it weren’t for a Muslim winning an acting award, and a gay drama taking best picture, I’d think the GOP produced the show.

    • BobSF_94117

      If only 10% of the audience had shown up.

  • Daveed_WOW

    Well, if people didn’t talk about this mistake, it never would have happened. Fake news. Sad.

    Love, Donald Trump

  • Joe in PA

    Ruh roh.

  • Rex

    They’ve only done this 89 times.
    Can’t expect perfection.

  • Rex

    I just assumed she was a victim of Bowling Green, or Sweden.

    • Devon

      Is that your actual pic? Please say it’s not.

  • Gigi

    At least more people will now know who she is.


    And the cons are running with this as an example of liberalism. Whilst they selectively forget that they elected a t.v reality star to be President.

    • Jon Doh

      Not even a good reality TV star.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Speaking of the Oscars, I just love Emma Stone. She is so poised and funny and real in her post show interview:


  • Tomcat

    Hearing of her death must have come as a great shock to Janet Patterson.

  • danolgb

    It’s an easy mistake. I myself have a hard time telling one Australian from another.

  • Robert Conner

    Yes, yes, mistakes were made. The important thing is that we look forward, not backward. After all, this isn’t Prohibition, the Vietnam War, Three Mile Island, 9/11, the Iraq War or the Bowling Green Massacre. 😉

    What, too soon?

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Devastated”? Must lead a charmed life.

  • David Walker

    Both of these were done on purpose to demonstrate the value of film over live. In theater, everything happens live right now right there. In movies, there’s always the opportunity for a second (or fifteenth) (or thirty-seventh) take, which can then be played in post-production. Live TV tends to have a 7-to-10 second delay so American can’t hear anyone say “fuck.” Yeah, live theater is so overrated.

  • ColdCountry

    Who was in charge? A Republican?