In Yet Another Fail, the Oscars Used an *Alive* Person's Photo During "In Memoriam"

So many facepalms, so little time.

Because announcing the wrong winner for Best Picture wasn't enough (opens in new tab), the Oscars Powers That Be also experienced an, um, technical hiccup (to put it kindly) during the In Memoriam section. By which we mean they used the wrong woman's face.

While paying respects to costume designer Janet Patterson, the image of Jan Chapman popped up—who a) is not Janet Patterson, and b) is most definitely alive.

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"I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson," Chapman told Variety (opens in new tab) . "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.... I am alive and well and an active producer."

Literally, just...HOW DID THIS HAPPEN.

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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.