An Australian movie producer has said she is “devastated” that her photo was accidentally included in the Oscars‘ In Memoriam segment as she is “alive and well”.
An image of Jan Chapman, the producer known for The Last Days of Chez Nous and The Piano, was mistakenly chosen to represent Janet Patterson, the Australian costume designer, BAFTA winner and four-time Academy Award nominee, who died in October 2016.
“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson,” Chapman told Variety in an email. “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, who worked with Patterson on The Last Days of Chez Nous and The Piano, described her friend as “a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee” and said it was “very disappointing” that the error wasn’t picked up. “I am alive and well and an active producer,” she added.