Australian producer Jan Chapman says she was “devastated” after her photograph was mistakenly used to honor late costume designer Janet Patterson during the “In Memoriam” segment of Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.
Ms. Chapman said she’s “alive and well” after her photo was shown next to the correct name and occupation of Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee who died in October.
“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson,” Ms. Chapman told Variety. “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,” she added.
The Academy has not yet commented on the mistake.
It was the lesser reported gaffe of the evening after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced that “La La Land” had won best picture when the award actually belonged to “Moonlight.”