This Oscar error wasn’t noticed by so many people. But to Jan Chapman, it was a bit of a shock:
Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer and four-time Oscar nominee (“The Piano,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Oscar and Lucinda” and “Bright Star”) passed away in October 2016.
Her name and occupation were correct in the montage, but the photo used was of Jan Chapman, a still-living Australian film producer…
The Academy has yet to comment on the mistake.
And by the way, just to clarify this previous post on the far more prominent Oscar Best Picture gaffe, I want to add that I don’t actually blame either Beatty or Dunaway. The error was apparently made by the person giving them the card. If Emma Stone had been acting in some more obscure film that wasn’t even nominated for Best Picture rather than “La La Land,” Beauty and Dunaway would have almost certainly realized they’d been given the incorrect card. Problem was, the card they were given (for Stone’s award) also said “La La Land,” the film in which she starred. That’s what misled them.
Beatty immediately realized that something was off. But instead of being a brave liberal and Questioning Authority, he passed the buck (and the card) to Dunaway, who thought he was just being funny and read it as “La La Land,” perhaps because she was becoming embarrassed by the length of the delay.
Movie stars get nervous, too, especially when doing something live.
And now, back to our regular programming…