#Oscars In Memoriam Tribute, Now With Fake News and Omissions! [VIDEO]

#Oscars In Memoriam Tribute, Now With Fake News and Omissions! [VIDEO]

#Oscars In Memoriam Tribute, Now With Fake News and Omissions! [VIDEO]

Back in December, someone on Twitter had a brilliant idea. But because it was a brilliant idea, the Academy Awards had no interest in listening to it.

The Oscars “In Memoriam” tribute is reserved for only the most iconic-ish actors and actresses who have passed away over the last year, and a large handful of industry workers (read: union). The Academy claims they want to make it brief. How about just making it relevant, because 2016 was a bad year to be a celebrity, and people actually CARED about the passing of many of them?

Or at least, put the right people on the screen!

Oooops… that’s not Janet Patterson.

An Australian film producer has a message for those who noticed her in the in memoriam montage in the Academy Awards on Sunday night: She is alive and well.

The image of the producer, Jan Chapman, was mistakenly shown in the segment, which honors members of the movie industry who have died, in a tribute for Janet Patterson, an Australian costume designer. Ms. Patterson, who had been nominated for an Oscar four times, died in October. Ms. Chapman is not dead.

What makes this worse is that Chapman was a friend of Ms. Patterson’s, and actually warned about this happening!

“I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson. 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,” Chapman told Variety by email. “I am alive and well and an active producer.”

This would be the moment that the Oscars should be apologizing. Currently, there are crickets.

There is also quite a long list of omissions off that “In Memoriam” list. Jennifer Aniston mentioned that Bill Paxton’s death had just been announced that morning as she was introducing the segment, but apparently, there was no effort to add him into the video. If only Hollywood knew a film editor or two!

Several websites have tallied up who got left off the list, and it’s a shocking view of who the Academy considers “not important enough” to make their video. (The Academy takes note of those who have died since the last show, so anyone who died in early 2016 may have been covered in last year’s video, as with Alan Rickman and David Bowie.) After all, they have to make room for the publicist, makeup artist, and costume designer. But you can check the online gallery if you want!

Between the snubs, the mixed-up pictures, and the best picture fail, one has to ask… was the Clinton campaign team in charge of running this year’s Academy Awards ceremony? It’s a logical question!

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  • Babara says:

    “..was the Clinton campaign team in charge of running this year’s Acadamy Awards ceremony?” I love this Pahahahahaha! And it quite possibly is true!

  • parker says:

    Oscars: the place where narcissistic preeners go to pat themselves on the back and pontificate upon things they don’t understand. Why anyone thinks these posers know jack sh*t about the real world is a mystery to me.

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