Shaunna Murphy
February 27, 2017 7:51 am

Imagine watching the 2017 Academy Awards, safe at home in your pajamas with some Seamless, and suddenly seeing your headshot pop up onscreen.

Ostensibly this sounds kind of awesome, but for Australian producer Jan Chapman, who was featured in the In Memoriam segment during Sunday night’s Oscars, it wasn’t exactly a dream come true. Because Chapman is 100 percent still alive, but her longtime friend and former collaborator Janet Patterson — whose name was displayed next to Chapman’s photo — is not.

Thankfully, Chapman wasn’t the only one who noticed.

“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and longtime collaborator Janet Patterson,” Chapman, who worked with Patterson on The Piano back in ’93, 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. 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.”

Oof. As of press time, the Academy is yet to apologize for their mistake — though to be fair, given that whole La La Land and Moonlight mix-up, they probably have a lot on their plate.

If anything, at least this incident has proven once and for all that Billy Eichner is a psychic.

…Now through some miracle of science can we make Carrie Fisher alive, too? Is that how all of this works?

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