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The Oscars make another frightening mistake

Miles Goldman, Editor

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This past Sunday, the Oscars endured much controversy after the whole Best Picture mixup. But one huge mishap that seemed to fly under the radar was when producer Jan Chapman’s picture was included in the In Memoriam slideshow, although she is actually alive and well. Her dear friend and colleague Janet Patterson passed and while Patterson’s name was included, Chapman’s picture was displayed on screen.

Patterson was a four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer who died on October 21, and worked with Chapman on the 1993 film The Piano. Chapman initially stated in regards to the mistake, “I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson.”

Days after the debacle, the organization behind the Awards Show apologized to the Patterson family. The Academy stated, “We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars In Memoriam tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson.” Soon, they updated the In Memoriam slideshow on their website.

Junior Will Tepedino stated, “I was stunned to find out the news. The Oscars really messed up this year.”

Additionally Junior Jimmy Cronin exclaimed, “While I watching the show live I did not realize the mess up, but once I read about it later on, I was extremely surprised to see how they could mess up something that bad.”

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This is the updated photo found on www.oscar.go.com

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