The Best Picture snafu wasn’t the only mistake during the 89th Academy Awards. During the Sunday ceremony’s In Memoriam segment, a photo of still-alive producer Jan Chapman was used instead of deceased costume designer Janet Patterson. Now, days after the mixup, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologized for the error.
“We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars In Memoriam tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson,” the statement posted on Instagram read. The Academy added that it also extends apologizes to the Patterson family and updated its In Memoriam video and gallery on its website.
Patterson was a four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer who died October 21. Close friends with Chapman, they worked together on the 1993 film The Piano, for which they both received Academy Award nominations in their respective fields. Patterson’s credits included The Portrait of a Lady, Star Bright, Peter Pan, Oscar and Lucinda, among others.
We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars "In Memoriam" tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson. Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family. Please see our updated "In Memoriam" video tribute (http://osca.rs/TributeVideo17) and online gallery (http://osca.rs/InMemoriam2017) on Oscar.com.