Jan Chapman is an award-winning producer who has worked with Jane Campion and acclaimed costume designer Jane Patterson on films including The Piano and Bright Star. Photo: MAL FAIRCLOUGH Oscars stuff-up: In Memoriam segment used wrong picture of Janet Patterson. Photo: Twitter
It was the other Oscars stuff-up.
While minor compared to getting the winner of best picture wrong, the Academy Awards made an unhappy error during the emotional ‘In Memoriam’ segment.
Among such beloved well-known names in the tribute as Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder and Prince was n designer Janet Patterson, who died late last year.
She was a four-time Oscar nominee for The Piano, The Portait of a Lady, Oscar and Lucinda and Bright Star.
But instead of Patterson, who always sought privacy during her distinguished career, the awards featured a picture of her longtime collaborator and friend Jan Chapman.
As producer, Chapman worked with Patterson and director Jane Campion on such films as 2 Friends, The Piano, Holy Smoke and Bright Star.
The mistake upset both Chapman and Patterson’s many friends in n film and television. That was a photo of producer Jan Chapman NOT costume designer Janet Patterson although they did work together #oscars#inmemoriam#oops— Sarah Finney (@SarahLFinney) February 27, 2017
“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson,” Chapman said in an email to 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.” In another #Oscars stuff-up, the ‘In Memoriam’ segment confused Janet Patterson for living Jan Chapman: https://t苏州夜生活/5geXz1ZzK0pic.twitter苏州夜网/HW149s8yiv— SBSMovies (@SBSMovies) February 27, 2017
The photograph used at the Oscars appears to be a wrongly captioned Getty Images picture taken in 2010.
When Patterson passed away, the agency that represented her in the United States reflected her desire for privacy when it simply said she died in but due to the wishes of her family gave no details of her age or the date of her death.
While her work was exceptional, Patterson preferred to avoid interviews and awards ceremonies.
When she was ‘s best hope at the Oscars for Bright Star in 2010, she told The Age she was not sure she would even attend the awards.
“I’m actually studying and I’ve got a busy life, so we’ll see how things go with my family and the bigger picture” she said. “I don’t care about that [winning].”
When she declined interviews and released no images of herself, Chapman described her as “a hidden treasure of the n film world”.
Patterson’s last film was designing costumes for Far from the Madding Crowd (2015).
In a obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald, Chapman and Campion described her as “our brilliant friend; kind, impish, fiercely intelligent, beautiful.”
It continued: “Janet was private and discreet yet deeply heartful, generous and engaged with life. Even while ill, fighting cancer she was strong, positive, determined.” Another huge Oscar oversight was not including @charmiancarr in Memoriam. Janet Patterson with Jan Chapman pic?Someone not doing their job. pic.twitter苏州夜网/LQH1X8mrn3— The Sound Of Music 7 (@thesom7) February 27, 2017