Today - Every year there are errors in the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars; it's apparently a real challenge to ensure that everyone who passed on from the array of Hollywood stars gets included.
The problem from Sunday night's awards show, however, was different. While showing the name of costume designer Janet Patterson, who did in fact pass away on Oct. 21 2016, the segment showed the photo of the very-much-alive producer Jan Chapman.
"I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and longtime 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. 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."
The In Memoriam bit segment at the Oscars is the only thing that is a bigger tear jerker than the Oscar movies themselves. When Manchester by the Sea is where the bar is set, you know the Oscars are depressing. The segments are only getting worse as I get older because I’m starting to recognize more and more of the names popping up.
A disappointing night for Janet Patterson and her family. I’m sure having your family see your face pop up while on the biggest stage in film would have been awesome for the grieving family.
Jan Chapman, on the other hand, could not have handled this worse. If America just saw my face pop up on a jumbtron and it said: I’m dead, you bet your sweet ass I am faking my death right then and there. Say goodbye to the old shitty routine I've grown accustomed with by starting fresh. When Uncle Sam comes to collect on my taxes, “sorry about ya mother fucker, but I’m dead.”
Props to Jan Chapman’s friends though for getting on twitter and saying she’s still alive. If my friends saw my face pop up on a screen and it said: dead, they would just accept it as fact. “Yup, surprised he lasted this long to be honest”, they’d say and move on.