'dead' woman from In Memoriam montage is still alive

The moment was meant to honor four-time Oscar nominee Janet Patterson, a costume designer.

Four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer Janet Patterson, who died last October, was listed among the film industry luminaries who has passed.

According to the Huffington Post, Jan stated she was "devastated" about the cock-up, particularly as her and the late Janet were great friends.

In an email to Variety, Chapman said she had urged Patterson agency to check any photo used, but that she was assured that "the Academy had it covered".

She added: "Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up".

She continued: "I am alive and well and an active producer".

Her name and occupation were correctly used in the montage, but the photo used was of Jan Chapman, the still-living film producer who - to confuse matters further - was friends with Patterson and worked with her on The Piano.

With all these high profile mistakes we're pretty sure someone's gonna get the sack.

The American film academy failed to comment the mishap, mostly because the awkward moment with Warren Beatty is still fresh. "Iron Man 2" actor and comedian Garry Shandling, director-producer Dan Ireland, TV star Doris Roberts and Oscar nominee Robert Vaughn were left out of the tribute, which featured Sara Bareilles performing "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell.

If you thought the "Moonlight"/"La La Land" envelope fiasco was the Oscars' only glaring mistake, think again.

  • Salvatore Jensen