And it’s a lot worse than the Best Picture debacle
The 89th annual Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre, LA, on Sunday, and despite some of the wins breaking records and multiple award-winners using their time on stage to take a political stand, the Oscars 2017 has become associated with one thing: mistakes.
Everyone has been talking about the Best Picture mix up, with La La Land mistakenly announced as the winner of the prestigious award, when it was actually Moonlight who had won the statue.
It was only after the cast had assembled on stage and were half way through their acceptance speech that the film’s producer, Jordan Horowitz, spotted the error and announced to the bewildered crowd that there had been a mistake. ‘Moonlight, you guys won best picture’, he called out. ‘This is not a joke, come up here.’
That mistake alone will ensure that the 89th awards will go down in history as one of the most awkward award shows in history.
There was, however, another huge mistake made on the night, but unlike Best Picture-gate, only a few people noticed it.
During the In Memoriam video, a moving musical montage of photos and video clips paying tribute to the Hollywood members who have died in the past year, there was a photo-related blunder.
Alongside Anton Yelchin, Gene Wilder, Carrie Fisher and Prince, Australian costume designer Janet Patterson was one of those honoured, passing away in October. Unfortunately, the Academy accidentally used the wrong photo, including a picture of Janet’s close friend and film producer, Jan Chapman, instead.
Speaking of the blunder after the ceremony, Jan told Variety: ‘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.’
She continued: ‘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.’
That wasn’t the only controversy surrounding the Oscars’ In Memoriam video, with Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette speaking out about her disappointment that her sister, Alexis Arquette, failed to be included.
Speaking about Alexis, a transgender actress who died of a cardiac arrest last September, Patricia explained ‘Alexis was a great actor, and had 70 credits, and was really brave to live her truth as a trans woman, and they didn’t include her in the memoriam.’
She continued: ‘I think that was a real slight to the trans community, especially at this time when trans kids can’t even go to the bathroom in the United States of America at school. It says a lot about the lack of inclusion – trans kids can really never look at anyone and see their heroes, and I think that was a big mistake.’