There was more than just one major mistake at the 2017 Oscars! Aside from the wrong winner being announced for Best Picture, there was also a big error during the in memoriam segment — a photo of the wrong person was used to represent costume designer Janet Patterson. YIKES!
If you weren’t paying careful attention, you may have missed the massive mistake during the in memoriam at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26. Australian costume designer, Janet Patterson, was one of the many remembered in the segment, but when her name popped up on the screen, it was accompanied by a photo of producer Jan Chapman instead. EEK!
“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Jane Patterson,” Jan 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.”
— ABC Network (@ABCNetwork) February 27, 2017
Considering there was another big mistake at the awards ceremony, though, this gaffe got mostly overlooked by viewers. Nobody missed what happened at the end of the broadcast, though, when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner when the award was really supposed to go to Moonlight.
The reason the whole flub was SO awkward, though, is because La La Land producers got through multiple speeches before the error was addressed. Warren eventually explained what happened — for some reason, he and Faye were given the card showing the winner for Best Actress, which was Emma Stone from La La Land — but it didn’t take away any of the uncomfortableness. That’s live television for you, folks!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that the wrong photo was used during the in memoriam? What do you think of Jan’s response?