It wasn’t just the Best Picture award it seems as this year’s Oscars broadcast also flubbed its ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Four-time Oscar winning Australian costume designer Janet Patterson, who worked regularly with director Jane Campion, was included in the segment following her passing in October last year.
There’s just one problem – the Academy used the wrong image. The photo wasn’t of Patterson but of the still very much alive producer Jan Chapman with whom she worked on “The Piano” and who is one of Australia’s most famed film producers. Chapman has given the following statement to Variety:
“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.”
Few photos exist of Janet Patterson. Typing ‘Janet Patterson’ into Google Images search brings up mostly film stills but three of the first five images are of Chapman including the second one which is the one ultimately used by the segment. For reference, the photo below from left to right shows Jan Chapman, the late Janet Patterson and director Jane Campion at the Oscars in 1993.