Academy's Blunder Contributes To A Rather Bizarre Plot Twist

Academy’s Blunder Contributes To A Rather Bizarre Plot Twist


Well, the Oscar’s this year had a stronger plot twist than most of the movies running for the awards.

Some of the mess ups that happened were endearing; some of them, not so much.

In a very unfortunate ‘In Memoriam’ segment, Jan Chapman’s photo appeared next to Janet Patterson’s name which was being commemorated.

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.

Needless to say, this was quite the debacle.



Jan Chapman is an Australian producer. She rose to recognition by producing 1993, New Zealand, drama film The Piano.

She is still, in her own words, “alive and well and an active 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,” Chapman told Variety by email.


Maybe, just maybe, they were confused since Patterson and Chapman has a few distinguishing projects together. Patterson and Chapman worked together on The Piano. Also, there is a photo circulating on the Internet that shows Patterson and Chapman next to Jane Campion holding an Oscar. The photo dates back to 1993, the year which Jane Campion won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Piano.

In addition, there is another angle to all of this. It turns out, The image used, of Chapman, is erroneously labeled Janet Patterson in Getty Images.

This is not the first time the same image was used wrongly. A Youtube video from Wochit Entertainment published last October announcing Patterson’s death used the same Getty photo.

The Academy has yet to comment on the mistake.


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