Ginnifer Goodwin “felt wrong” attending the 2017 Oscars just hours after learning of the death of her “Big Love” co-star Bill Paxton.
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The actress struggled with the idea of celebrating while mourning the passing of her friend. “It was hard to come here, it felt wrong to come and celebrate anything,” she told People. Goodwin, 38, realized however that moping is not what Paxton would have wanted on the special day. Her husband, Josh Dallas, reminded her “that Bill loved all things Hollywood history and he would want” Goodwin to be in the audience.
She added how Paxton, aside from hanging out with his family, would have wanted to be at the 89th Academy Awards himself.
Paxton passed away at the age of 61 following complications from surgery on Saturday. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” his family said in a statement.
“Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable,” the statement concludes. “We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”
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Goodwin starred as the voice of Judy Hopps in “Zootopia”, which ended up winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature on Sunday night.